Israel Shoots Down Unidentified Drone Over Its Airspace

Tyler Durden's picture

Just because the middle east did not have enough countries and/or terrorist organizations shooting at random things, in outright attempts of provocation or otherwise, here comes Israel to join the party. From Reuters: "The Israeli air force shot down a drone after it crossed into southern Israel on Saturday, the military said, but it remained unclear where the aircraft came from. "An unmanned aerial vehicle was identified penetrating Israeli air space this morning, and was intercepted by the Israeli Air Force at approximately 10 a.m. (0700 GMT)," the military said in a brief statement. Soldiers were searching the area where the drone was downed - in the northern part of the Negev desert - to locate and identify the drone, the statement said. The Negev desert is near Israel's southern borders with the Gaza Strip, Egypt, Jordan and the occupied West Bank."

Drones... drones... which middle east country has a vibrant and advanced avionics industry. Must be Egypt, or no, Jordan, actually make that Syria or even Iran. Good thing it can never be Uncle Sam. Things might get just a little odd in that case.

All joking aside, though, it was only a week ago that Iran unveiled its first drone, potentially after reverse engineering the US RJ-170 that crashed on its territory back in December. From Al Jazeera:

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have unveiled a home-built long-range drone capable of reaching most of the Middle East, including the Islamic state's primary regional enemy Israel, state television has reported.


The reconnaissance drone, named Shahed 129, has a range of 2,000 km and is capable of carrying bombs and missiles, state television said.


Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace arm, spoke during an interview on Tuesday on Iran's state TV.


Hajizadeh said that Iranian scientists designed and developed the drone.


His description of the aircraft was similar to that of the United States' RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, one of which went down in Iranian territory last year.


So let's see:

  • US drone mysteriously crashes in Iran in one piece
  • Iran's engineers reverse engineer and create their own drone industry
  • So far unidentifed drone has just been shot down by Israel

What are the Intrade odds of Israel claiming in a few hours it was an Iran drone, and the overflight was a provocation and merits immediate retaliation? One thing we know: odds will be much higher in a few days when CVN-74 and LHA-5 reach their destination.

In the meantime, this blast from the past:

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RacerX's picture

people can bash Israel all they want, but those guys don't F around.

so an Arabic country is flying these now? Lol.. About the best thing they can do is shine a spotlight with an airplane on it, ala: Batman signal.

Gully Foyle's picture


Prove that was an "Arabic country" drone.

More likely a distraction designed to breed tension.

Anyone can paint any markings on anything, or even simpler to merely falsify video.

Wake me when the nukes start flying and the whole area is flat black and glow in the darky.

Until then these are nothing more than devices designed to keep everyone in a continual state of anxiety.

Distractions for manipulation of the GENPOP.

RacerX's picture

I guess my sarcasm didn't come through. I have zero confidence this drone came from an Arabic nation. They are technologically in the stone ages.

Yeah I agree it's probably from the US. I'd even think it's possible it's one of Isreal's own. No doubt they are trying to mix it up. But with all the rhetoric over there--they all are. I say if they all want to fight it out, then let 'em. Just don't send our boys in to do their dirty-work.

GetZeeGold's picture



It was just a Muzzie moonshot gone horribly wrong.....blame NASA.


Gonna need another 450 million Barry mucho pronto.....thanks in advance.


Check the should say made in ________

Mae Kadoodie's picture

Has anyone seen my model airplane?

GetZeeGold's picture



Check lost and found in Tel Aviv.


Spirit Of Truth's picture

Again....we are in the most vulnerable period for a wave of mass panic and anxiety, and this can take any form from a financial crisis to global war:

It might be wise to be considering options for safe haven in the event of something unthinkable occurring with very short notice.

Cathartes Aura's picture


As pointed out in the section of my April blog dubbed, "The Mystery Of The Shmita & The Septennial Sabbatical Cycle", it's an incredible coincidence that two of the three largest point drops in the Dow struck on the last day of the seven-year Jewish Sabbatical cycle.  In fact, statistically the odds of this occurring are more than a million to one.

So maybe God's trying to make a point with us.  What point could that be?

oh man, you're so close, keep reaching. . .

Spirit Of Truth's picture

That analysis is correct.  This is why I expect an extreme low of mass fear at the end of the next Sabbatical year, i.e., Elul 29 in the Hebrew year 5775 which is equivalent to September 13th, 2015:

Hopefully at that historical point this world will be almost rid of its demons...

NoControl's picture

If it says "Made in China"

Must be American

BeaverFever's picture

I admit it. I launched the dreaded and most deadly drone ever witnessed by humankind. This sucker was immense yet perfectly drone formed upon close inspection before appropriate disposal. Of course it was peculiarly formated after partaking in multiple helpings of Mr. Chow's finest Chinese food. How in the heck in flew all the way from Kanuckistan to Israel I'll never know, but then again I swear I could easily throw a snowball and hit Buffallo N.Y. from my back porch when I was younger.


Jreb's picture

American politicians and media are concerned. DOHS and State department have recently realized that Canada - a country roughly 10% larger in land mass than the USA, rests on top their northern border. Fears of being crushed by this Canukistanian giant (and rumours of a possible maple syrup weapons program) have forced the President and Congress to call for economic sanctions angainst their northern neighbour. Both Romney and Obama agree that Americans can no longer live in the shadow of Canadian largesse. Insiders and certain political hawks are proposing increased sanctions and possible military intervention by spring (because winters are so damn cold up there) if Canada does not shrink and immediately turn over the Bare Naked Ladies for immediate questioning. The Canadian government has responded to threats of sanctions and military intervention with their own sanctions. If the US does not immediately issue a formal apology for their aggressive and rude behaviour Canadian officials will immediately and aggressively persue a 2nd request that the Americans formally apologize. If this does not work a third request will be issued. Inside sources in America who object to their current adminstrations behaviour and attitude towards Canada have noted that the current NHL lockout is just another prime example of the CIA attempting to destablaize another foreign government in an attempt to play puppet master politically. Prime Minister Stephen Harper - at a recent press conference - noted that this type of behaviour from a neighbour that "we have had a long lasting relationship and peace with is simply unacceptable" and requested another immediate apology from the US governement - again. He noted that a lack of NHL hockey this winter could lead to massive civil unrest in Canada over the coldest months thus making it vulnerable to outside intervention come spring. US officials denied having any part in the ongoing lockout and stated they had no official plans to invade Canada should the country further destabalize. Any plans to invade Canada at this point were simply rumours at this stage. Representatives from the Obama adminstration stated "The President is confident that Canada will reduce its size by at least 25% over the winter and that it will allow US and UN inspectors in to monitor its ongoing maple syrup program thus negating all rumour of an impending invasion."END


BeaverFever's picture

URGENT: Memo From Prime Minister Harper to Choomer O'Blama and Wife Chewbacca

Re: Reduction of Canada's size by at least 25% over the winter

1. Eat poop balls

2. We have devastating human drones even more powerful than Justin Bieber that will reek havoc upon your blubber nation

3. You will all cry like Boner from the sound of these drones' voices

4. We will send you all of our French metrosexual men and you will be forced to listen to them whine

5. We plan to cut off all oil exports to your pitiful nation and give them to China. Your population has no idea that we supply 30% of your energy needs and will weep.

6. Any invasion forces will be met will extreme force of hockey sticks


Sincerely yours,

Zionist Buttplug Harper


kaiserhoff's picture

When you win, you will be required to annex Cleveland, Buffalo, and Deeetroit.  Take that, rodent.

By the way, when your season is over, could we borrow a few football officials?

Bicycle Repairman's picture

"...... Arabic nation. They are technologically in the stone ages."

This must be sarcasm as well. If it isn't then you need to study up on the Iraq-Iran war from 30 years ago. 

Did you know a guy from NZ built a drone from a DIY pulse jet and a GPS?  Now granted he wasn't an Arab.  /sarc

$5,000, bitchez.

ToNYC's picture

Saddam's WMD are being repackaged in drones just waiting to be intercepted/delivered FOB if you can believe Cheney, Dick. Too clever by double speak.

Element's picture



"I have zero confidence this drone came from an Arabic nation. They are technologically in the stone ages."

This comment is completely delusional, you obviously have no idea how wrong you are, or else you are just a troll.

Take a look at the platforms and major weapons systems and defense networks in service, and the comms and support infrastructure in Egypt, Saudi, Syria and Turkey militaries. And do a little basic research into how long they have each been fielding the very latest advanced platforms, weapons, sensors and training, that either the West or Russia could provide. That's been going on for about 55 years. Even Persian Iran was operating bleeding-edge western hardware in the 1960s and 1970s!  So it's asinine in the extreme to merely assert these countries have not had access to, and gained competence in the use of modern technologies of war since the late 1950s.

And why is it that people like you have to keep learning the hard way that as with North Korea, and Vietnam, and Afghanistan, that it isn't the dog in the fight, its the fight in the dog that matters. The Afghan war demolished Warsaw Pact morale and ended when it had finished sending the Russian Empire broke, and the same thing has happened to the USA.  It does not take the best-armed country to win, it only requires a home-town advantage and a country that can take advantage of its opponent's unabridged dumb acts, ignorance and hubris.  A country that can force down an RQ-170, intact, is a country you don't want to fool about with--plenty of fight in that dog.

If you doubt their will read this:

That's a country that you may not like or respect but you better not start shit with an old state power that holds such a global outlook and vision-thing. Ignorance does not cut it in strategic warfare.

Middle_Finger_Market's picture

My bet; Israel painted 'X's' flag on it, took it off and shot it down. If they Iran, then the drone would have had to fly through numnerous other countires first and would have been caught on radar (unless countries specified are in-competent). Time will tell, but believe me whatever they say will be BS in the aid of one or another conquest. Ciao homies, shit gets ugly in the middle east shortly. 

Oldballplayer's picture

You need to pay more attention.  There are thousands of Iranian Revolutionaly Guard troops in Syria.

Not saying it was them or not, but Iranians are a lot closer than you think.

And, if anyone thinks that Iran is backwards, then need to read more.  As a nation they are literate, highly educated, and creative.  A little misguided, perhaps...but they are not cavemen.  The biggest mistake we and the Israelis can make is underestimating them.  If we do, Obama will look as stupid as he did the other night when one of our carriers is blocking the Straits.

Solarman's picture

The Israelis are certainly not underestimating them.  Iran does have a huge achilles heel.  They do not produce enough gasoline, and must import it.  All of their shipping terminals and refineries are e sitting ducks for the Israeli's.

Element's picture

And visa-versa, don't forget that.

kflobonixs's picture

Sorry false.  Iranians are backwards.  Nice bunch, sure.  But they are pistachio farmers at best.  They eek by on oil wealth.  They have added nothing to humanity in the last century.  Worthless bunch 

Redhotfill's picture

I'm sure Alexander the Great would concur.

oldman's picture


Sort of thinking along the same line until I remembered

It is easier just to make the whole story up and send it over the wire to the world.

No one will ever ask if it is true or not---in public spaces, that is.

This continual propaganda is sooooo tiring            om

Jreb's picture

*Breaking News*

Sources inside the Israeli government have confirmed that pieces of the "drone" destroyed by its pilots yesterday were in fact pieces of an ultralight plane. A recovered piece of wingspan with what Israeli ground forces describe as some "funny looking rodent with an enlarged tail" painted on it were found scattered across a debris field approximately 100 meters wide directly beneeath where the plane was shot out of the sky by an F-16 Fighting Falcon.

An unidentified source in Israeli intelligence says that moments before the plane was spotted and obliterated Israeli and American listening posts picked up what sounded like the voice of a babbling and stressed Irishwoman coming from said airspace with Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" playing in the background.

In other news: Canadian officials are concerned that Newfoundland Premier Kathy Dunderdale's strange and mysterious dissappearance last night might be linked to a wicked winter storm the Premier may have encountered while enroute to a meeting with other Premiers and the Prime Minister in Ottawa this weekend. Dunderdale was piloting her lightweight kit plane that she loved to fly in her free time and was looking forward to enjoying an evening of classical music with Premier Christy Clark after daily meetings were finished.

A contact in her office made an official statement this morning: "We are extremely concerned about Kathy's current condition. We wish she would have left the untralight at home a she was advised but as you well know it is tough to tell a Newfie anything."

Premier Dunderdale's ultralight plane is described as small, white (hard to see in a snow storm) with a large picture of a beaver painted across it's wing span.

Police spokesman in St. John's said at this stage it appears Dunderdale may have gotten lost in the storm but that they were not ruling out foul play.

The Israeli embassy declined to comment.

Kobe Beef's picture

Funny, this has almost as much validity as any report from the MSM regarding the Middle East these days.

Element's picture



"If they Iran, then the drone would have had to fly through numnerous other countires first and would have been caught on radar (unless countries specified are in-competent)."

It's not so much about incompetence, it's more a case of limited radar coverage that can not see through terrain and ground clutter noise that interferes with radar returns.

The old F-111 was designed to be a 'stealthy' high speed regional deep-penetration strategic bomber. But it's 'stealthiness' only at low level in somewhat uneven terrain surfaces.  It was the combination of a high-performance terrain-following radar married to an advanced auto-pilot that was the key, in conjunction with high speed and endurance, rather than any low-radar signature of low thermal design features.  But you couldn't see it coming or going for the first couple of decades of it's service.  The Russians have only now complete bringing into service an even more advanced but comparable pseudo-stealth deep-penetration multi-role strike aircraft, the Su-32.  These are still valid and effective pseudo-stealth attack tactics that are used by all modern attack aircraft.  Radars are very much able to be defeated with such tactics, especially in conjunction with high speed transit an evasive manoeuvring.

You literally couldn't detect such an aircraft most of the time, and if you did you couldn't get a target lock and launch on it, and if you did launched a SAM, the F-111 could quickly break the tracking lock by placing small rises in terrain and buildings between itself and the command-guidance radar system for the SAM.

The same applies to UAVs and to cruise missiles.

Thing is, now Iran has captured an RQ-170 that can much more quickly provide them development of both such a low-level armed UAV, that can eventually launch a true low-observable cruise missile design, that will also fly in at very low level, and at high speed and will be extremely difficult to detect and to engage.

This UAV shootdown very well may be the real thing.  Hezbollah flew a UAV over Israeli airspace in 2006 during daylight hours.  What is for sure is that any such UAV will be looking to precisely geolocate and pin-point targets for future reference.  It's also a good way to find out where the SAMs and radars are, and what comms systems are being used.

blueRidgeBoy's picture

only 16 minutes to the first false flag accusation - a new ZH record!

GetZeeGold's picture



It's just all one big damn conspiracy really.

azzhatter's picture

Next up is the claim that Obama was drugged by Iranians as the excuse for his sterling performance against Mittens

DeadFred's picture

The Iranians are supplying his choom? That explains a lot.

RSBriggs's picture

Nah.  More likely it comes from Afghanistan.

hoos bin pharteen's picture

O's poor performance the other night was Bush's fault.

Redhotfill's picture

Wrong he didn't screw up that debate.... Government did.   Now that I think about it I think old Barry is just tired of having his strings pulled and is considering being done as Puppet in Chief as there are still yet many unconquered golf courses he can explore on a Presidential pension.

eatapeach's picture

The story itself, at "advanced avionics", sort of says "hey, maybe Israel itself" to me. But then again, I think the attack on the USS Liberty was deliberate, that Jane Harman is a traitor, and thst Jonathan Pollard ought rot in prison.

horseman's picture

It was probably US monitoring the situation and Isreal shot it down so we could not gather our own intelligence.  Just like the USS Liberty incident.

Middle_Finger_Market's picture

Drone tank battalions coming soon bitches. 

Gully Foyle's picture


I can envision the Google combat brigade, better yet the Google military.

Middle_Finger_Market's picture

They've got robot pack animals; ''big dog'' running around...soon someone says hey lets attach a 50 cal gatling gun to this thing...


kaiserhoff's picture

There is nothing undestroyed in Detroit.

Middle_Finger_Market's picture

Big dog penis attachment; fuck up everything that moves...not sure why that came to mind

SnobGobbler's picture

sure there is, visit one of the many casinos full of bussed in soc.sec "earners".  just don't bum a cigarrette to anyone; they start to swarm.  those casinos are a big part of detroits booming downtown... nevermind, the whole city is a shithole; you're right... 

spentCartridge's picture

You have fifteen seconds to comply.