The Associated Press has quoted a senior Iranian military official as claiming that Iranian-made surveillance drones have made dozens of undetected flights into Israeli airspace from Lebanon in recent years to probe air defenses and collect reconnaissance data. Citing the official’s request to remain anonymous, AP did not identify the source.
The Iranian official has said Iranian drones made “dozens of flights over Israel” since the summer 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. He has also said Israeli defenses had been unable to detect the surveillance craft.
“The one that was shot down last week was not the first and will not be the last to fly into Israeli airspace,” the official said. (AP, 16 October)