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February 22, 2010

Israel Unveils New Droid Air Force

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jesusland @ 00:05

Israeli droids can reach Iranian nuke sites.

An Israeli strike against Iranian nukes, without American assistance, would be tantamount to a suicide mission.  Israel would not ask its pilots to do that.

TEL NOF AIR FORCE BASE, Israel – Israel’s air force on Sunday introduced a fleet of huge pilotless planes that can remain in the air for a full day and fly as far as the Persian Gulf, putting rival Iran within its range.  The Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters), making them the size of Boeing 737 passenger jets and the largest unmanned aircraft in Israel’s military. The planes can fly at least 20 consecutive hours and are primarily used for surveillance and carrying diverse payloads.

At the fleet’s inauguration ceremony at a sprawling air base in central Israel, the drone dwarfed an F-15 fighter jet parked beside it. The unmanned plane resembles its predecessor, the Heron, but can fly higher, reaching an altitude of more than 40,000 feet (12,000 meters), and remain in the air longer.  “With the inauguration of the Heron TP, we are realizing the air force’s dream,” said Brig. Gen. Amikam Norkin, head of the base that will operate the drones. “The Heron TP is a technological and operational breakthrough.”

Israeli officials refused to say how large the new fleet is or whether the planes were designed for use against Iran, but stressed it was versatile and could adapt to new missions. The plane’s maker, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, has said it is capable of reaching the Persian Gulf, which would put Iran within its range.  “The Heron TP has the potential to be able to conduct new missions down the line as they become relevant,” said Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, commander of Israel’s air force.

Israel believes Tehran is trying to develop nuclear weapons and has repeatedly hinted it could strike Iran if diplomatic efforts to curb the nuclear program fail.  Israeli defense officials said the Heron TP could be a useful tool against Iran, whose leaders have repeatedly called for the Jewish state’s destruction. In addition to providing surveillance, the aircraft can jam enemy communications as well as assist in communications between ground control and manned air force planes.

Mickey likes it.  A lot. Obama is awol on Iranian nukes, and Israel isn’t going to sit around and wait for his help nor his permission.  Whether you or I believe Iran is hellbent on wiping Israel off the map is irrelevant.  All that matters is that Israel believes it.  They aren’t going to make the same mistake they did with Hitler.  When someone says they want to destroy you, assume they mean it.

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