Israeli super-drone crashes

2012-01-29 19:17

Jerusalem - The Israeli military says a drone that can fly as far as Iran has crashed in central Israel on a routine experimental flight.

The military says there were no injuries in Sunday's crash, and it was investigating the incident.

The Heron TP drone is also known locally as the Eitan. It has a wingspan of 26m, making it the size of a Boeing 737 passenger jet. It is the largest unmanned aircraft in Israel's military arsenal.

The drone figures to be featured prominently in any potential Israeli operation against Iran and its expanding nuclear programme.

Heron TP could provide surveillance, jam enemy communications and connect ground control and manned air force planes.

It's unclear if is could carry a deployable payload in a potential strike.

  • Barry - 2012-01-29 19:50

    1. There is no proof that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. 2. The IAEA is able, right now, to visit Iran to inspect Iran's nuclear program which Iran keeps saying in not for weapons. 3. The terrorist organization which even England identified as, the IDF, openly claims it is testing drones to attack Iran. 4. I understand the IDF is sponsored by the USA government to the tune of about 4 Billion US$ per year. 5. The West got the Oil control in Iraq, The West got the Oil control in Libya. Will the West get the Oil control in Iran ? .....

      Adam - 2012-01-29 20:22

      yes most probably, then we wont be paying for petrol out of your asses to the worlds biggest bastards. sounds like a good plan barry. i give the go ahead

      Barry - 2012-01-29 20:57

      @Adam At least you agree the IDF are terrorists and supported financially by the USA as a terrorist organization.

      Rodebaard - 2012-01-29 22:19

      1. Do you know what enriched uranium is used for, Barry? 2. Why do you think the IAEA isn't there in Iran right now? 3. England and its children illegally occupy Northern Ireland. Their qualification of the IDF as a terrorist organization means nothing, especially since England is all full of Muslims now and their vote counts. 4. Do you understand that the USA gives the Palestinians over 1 billion dollars per year? 5. Kurds have the oil control in the only part of Kurdistan where the people have any measure of freedom: Northern Iraq. Which western country controls the oil in Libya? I have seldom seen someone who has the ability to string whingy leftist cliches together with such panache. I think you would do well to read a few well researched books. Reading newspaper articles alone is a bit like a fast food diet. It's no good for the mind.

      Boer - 2012-01-29 23:31

      So the drone wasn't that Super. Come on Israel we know you can build better equipment.

      Dominic - 2012-01-30 00:51

      barry, you dont know what you talking about. you just a big headed fool. you must be the dumbest guy on earth to believe iran is not after nuclear weapons. israel is not testing drones to attack iran, they couldnt fly that far carrying the type of weapons needed to do any damage. you need to come out and say you anti jew.

      Bones - 2012-01-30 07:56

      Actually, the IAEA starts a three day inspection in Iran today. This shows that they are willing to prove to the west that their nuclear research is not to acquire a weapon of mass destruction, which Israel and the US already have.

      Godfrey - 2012-01-30 10:48

      Has it not occurred to anyone that the Israelis are very clever and they would not make this announcement if they did not want the World (and Iran in particular) to know that have the capability to respond to the threats of the unsmiling creepy ayatollahs? Crashed, my ass. But what better way to make an announcement?

      Dawood - 2012-04-01 21:13

      @ Rodebaard u show your racist true colours...what do u have against Muslims...the racist like you in SA breed the Malema's and the Mugabes of this world...and i sometimes dont blame them for their chants...and by the way u are the gullible sponge that absorbs everything the western media shoves down your throat...You are the epitome of BIOUS,GULLIBLE,FOOLISH and off-course IDIOT.

  • Derek - 2012-01-29 21:01

    Ha ha! I love it!

      BA - 2012-01-30 17:54

      Derek, Barry and Muedes you are so full of crap. Where were your comments when the muslims kill hundreds of Christians in Nigeria, when the Bangladeshis were killed in their hundreds by muslim separatists, when the muslims "honour" (what a joke) murdered 4 of their family in Canada, when a muslim tried to bomb a newspaper company in Norway? All of these stories appeared TODAY on News24. Besides telling you something about the muslim culture and religion, it says a lot about all of you, you hypocritical, Jew-haters. You suck - objectively and empirically, you are horrible people.

      Barry - 2012-01-31 08:33

      @BA. I am against all violence. The violence that is happening in Nigeria Muslim against Christian is the same as what Israel is doing to Palestine but in reverse I condemn all the violence based on religion. It is stupid Religious war.

  • Suki - 2012-01-30 00:40

    These drone projects are a necessity for countries like Israel and the US. At the moment they are at a real disadvantage compared to state sponsored terrorist countries like Iran and countless smaller terrorist organisations that have far superior delivery platforms (aka suicide bombers) and which specifically target civilians. Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, drones are starting to level the playing field without putting military personnel at risk. There's still a long way to go but I believe fully fighting autonomous land, sea and air systems will start to appear before the end of this decade.

      Marcell - 2012-01-30 01:29

      It shows that Israel en US value their citizen's lifes. Can say the same about the likes like Iran or even SA. Noticed that SA is #101 on the list of countries to stay.

      Derek - 2012-01-30 06:50

      So you think killing by remote control is a good idea, nice.

  • Habib - 2012-01-30 08:54

    USA- we think saddam had WOMD's lets bomb the bastard and kill a million civilians in the process. we think IRAN got nuclear abilities lets kill them all aswell. Who's next ?

  • Jerzy - 2012-01-30 09:22

    Dirk Terreblance- Show us the proof that Iran is in the process of building nuclear weapons.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-30 11:10

      IAEA last report cited weapons development designs , thats why further sanctions were promoted and further inspections scheduled .

  • Howard - 2012-01-30 10:41

    Israel will get it right. If Iran had nuclear weapons we would all be in danger or every little despot in the world would start making them. Blow the hell out of Iran before it's too late

  • Schalk - 2012-01-30 11:13

    A few years ago the Israeli's took out a nuclear plant in Syria that was suspected of developing weapons. One day it was there the next it was gone. Those guys do not take sh.. from any terrorist organisation or government.

      BA - 2012-01-30 17:49

      100% Schalk.

  • Brad - 2012-02-02 19:33

    wow barry the IDF is the nation of israels army and not some terrorist organization. what the IDF does is the same as the american army, the british army, the chinese army and all the armies of the world so by calling israel's army a terrorist organization is the same as calling america's army a terrorist organization or the british army a terrorist organization

  • steele.oyle - 2012-10-08 16:35

    Adam to the Arabs you're the worlds biggest fool, since you hate them yet still contribute to their economy.

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