Monday Jan 21, 201301:19 PM GMT
Israel grounds UAVs in Azerbaijan for fear of Iran seizure
File photo shows a Hermes 450 drone flying over an unknown location.
File photo shows a Hermes 450 drone flying over an unknown location.
Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:7PM
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Israel has grounded its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Azerbaijan after Iran’s capture of two US-made RQ-150 drones.


Israeli drones, including its medium size multi-payload Hermes 450, have stopped flying after senior Azeri Defense Ministry experts notified the Zionist regime of their concerns about the possible seizure of the drones by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Israeli officials are convinced that Iran is trying to seize their drones, currently under Azerbaijan’s control.

Iranian military experts are capable of disrupting the navigation system of the Israeli drones even before takeoff and when parked in the hangar. That has infuriated the Israelis.

Designed for tactical reconnaissance missions, surveillance and communications, Hermes 450 has an endurance of 20 hours.

Equipped with global positioning system (GPS), this UAV can take off from 260-meter taxiways and due to its composite structure, anti-aerial batteries cannot detect it.

Earlier this month, Iran Navy's aerial defense division announced it has downed two US RQ-11 drones in the last two years. The drones were respectively captured in August 2011 and October 2012.

In December 2012, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi announced that a ScanEagle drone had been captured after it entered the country’s airspace over the waters of the Persian Gulf.

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