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Hezbollah claims it manufactured the drones itself.
But U.S. and Israeli intelligence sources tell NBC News that Hezbollah actually obtained the UAVs from Iran and that Iranian soldiers are stationed just across the border to help operate them.
At an airshow in Iran earlier this year, an aviation official showed off Iran's UAVs to NBC News.
"When you turn on the engine, it takes off and flies," Abbas Fallah of Iran Aircraft Manufacturing told us. "It's so easy!"
Iranian officials have both taken credit for supplying the UAVs to Hezbollah and denied it.
U.S. and Israeli intelligence believes Iran gave Hezbollah a half-dozen UAVs which feed live video and have sophisticated guidance systems.
"Well, there is a clear escalation, a provocation, and it could be an attempt to collect and gather information and intelligence to attack us," says Daniel Ayalon, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S.
Some Middle East experts worry that the UAVs further destabilize an already fragile environment.
"The danger is that Hezbollah will now have the capability to inflict greater damage on Israel by more precise targeting," says Joseph Cirincione, a weapons expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Israel cannot simply take those attacks."
Already Israel's vastly superior military is embarrassed that a terror group's little unmanned spy plane has been able to penetrate Israeli airspace — twice.
Originally posted by xmotex
Welcome to the wonderful world of assymetric warfare.
Originally posted by xmotex
And no I'm not shopping to make weapons - at my last job we looked into using cheap UAV's for webcasting aerial shots of live events over the internet.
Originally posted by cyberdude78
Please forgive my ignorance, but what seperates a UAV used for kamikaze missions from a cruise missile?
What are UAVs?
"Unmanned air vehicles" is the term used in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) to refer to unmanned systems that fly within the atmosphere and are not rocket-propelled. Different terms may be used other contexts, but for MTCR purposes this term includes cruise missiles, as well as target drones, reconnaissance drones, and other forms of UAVs, be they military or civilian, armed or unarmed. UAVs can be as large as a jetliner or as small as a model airplane, can be jet or propeller driven; there are even concepts for guided, unmanned blimps that would be UAVs.
Now that requires significant amount of manpower and resources to involve such a project for military purposes.
I say probably a gunboat type, but a possible support ship is possible too