Monday, November 04, 2013

IDF UAV Crashes in Gaza Strip

A Sky Rider UAV used by the IDF Artillery Corps crashed during operational activity. IDF Spokesperson: A technical malfunction, the incident is being investigated
(Photo: Meir Azulay) (Photo: Meir Azulay)
A 'Sky Rider' UAV crashed into the territory of the Gaza Strip during operational activity. According to a statement issued by the IDF Spokesperson's office, the crash was the result of a technical malfunction, and the appropriate elements are investigating the incident.

At the same time, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that according to Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip, terrorists have taken control of the aircraft north of the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern section of the Gaza Strip.

The Sky Rider is the smallest UAV in IDF service, and is used by the IDF's Artillery Corps. The UAV is operated by ground forces for gathering intelligence. Several months ago, it was reported in IsraelDefense Magazine that the Artillery Corps plans to establish a dedicated instruction center for the Sky Rider unit, which will include trainers for ensuring the qualification of individual soldiers and team trainers that will make it possible to fly instruments virtually through the use of simulators.

A new, advanced UAV was recently received as well. The 'second generation Sky Rider' UAV was developed with the IDF's Ground Forces' Weaponry Division and Ground Technology Division, and is provided by Elbit Systems. The system is currently undergoing testing and assimilation processes and will provide technological and operational advantages, which include improvements to the UAV's camera. An increase in the unit's regular and reserve manpower is being planned.

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