Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Mosquito Attack

Ever since the war on Lebanon started, countless people (including myself) have heard a shivering noise in the sky - a horrific sound. It reminds you of that tiny little blood-thirsty mosquito which flies next to your ear while you are about to fall asleep. But that sound is not coming anywhere from the room, its coming high from the sky. And no common household mosquito repellent can get rid of it. But what is it?
It's a UAV, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Israel has deployed hundreds of such drones in the Lebanese skies to gather intelligence from the ground. Just the other day, as I was watching a movie at home in the Sanayeh neighborhood in Beirut, I suddenly heard that distinctive buzzing sound. It was flying in circles over the area for easily 40-minutes, sending back images to Israeli command centers. I thought to myself maybe I should 'moon' the sky hoping an Israeli officer would comprehend what real Lebanese hospitality is all about.
The Israeli army has dozens of UAV's on hand, from miniscule ones which weigh 500 grams to much larger ones capable of launching precision-guided missiles straight to the enemy. However, the ones flying over Beirut are reconnaissance and target-acquisition drones only (hopefully).
The Israeli drones can remain in the air for up to 30 hours. They are equipped with a color nose camera, a daytime-applicable TV lens, a variable infrared camera for low light and night, and a synthetic radar for looking through smoke, clouds or haze. The cameras produce full motion video as well as still frame radar images and can see straight through buildings.
Israel has been using drones over Lebanon for quite some time. The first reported use was in 1982 when Israel launched the Scout during Operation Peace for Galilee. The IDF then moved on and started using a more sophisticated and larger drone in 1992, the Searcher.
Its unsure which drones are flying over Beirut, but judging by the sound, the UAV's should be medium-sized. This would narrow down the type either to the Searcher II, the Hermes 180 or the Hermes 450 (the latest generation and most advanced Israeli drone).
Israel is also equipped with a suicidal drone, called the Harpy. This explosive-laden drone is capable of detecting radar posts throughout enemy territory and literally projects itself into it - a far more economical mission than sending F-16s to do the job.
In the south of Lebanon, it seems the UAVs are fully armed. On July 26, the Jpost reported that the IAF stopped an Israeli UAV from killing Israeli troops. A senior Air Force officer said that the UAV opened fire on ground troops operating in Bint Jbeil after receiving the coordinates from the Golani Brigade. Israel has been utilizing a secret drone in Gaza to counter the threat of mortars and Qassam rockets Hamas regularly launches at the Jewish communities of Gaza. The pilotless drone identifies and takes out militants and their equipment before they can fire the rockets, senior Israeli security sources said.
The Israel Air Force once fired three missiles at two teams of Palestinian militants planning a mortar attack in a Gaza refugee camp. Palestinian residents told reporters Israeli drones fired the missiles near where a group of militants was gathering. The IDF only confirmed that missiles destroyed both launchers, but would not reveal which kind of aircraft was used in the operation.
Drones have become so widely integrated within the Israeli military that they have also been used in the past to protect Ariel Sharon from possible assassination attempts.

Unbelievably, even Hizbullah is equipped with a UAV - the Mirsad -1. The UAV is a derivative of an Iranian made drone and can have a payload of up to 50kgs of explosives on board. Israel was twice stunned in 2004 when two UAVs penetrated its airspace undetected for some 20-minutes.

I think it's time for Bayer to invent a more effective mosquito repellent.
mrtez

10 Comments:

Anonymous niels from germany said...

great research on the drones! but how loud are these things when flying above you? can u hear them that much really? and can u see them?

4:29 PM  
Blogger Arab Killer said...

Mooning a UAV is hilarious!! Especially when someone that hates you just as much as you hate them is behind the controls of pushing a button to level your home in a time of war! That is a great idea: Please do it next time.

I am sorry that I delight in the misery of your "people". You seem to take the wrong sides when it comes to war. Perhaps you should have had friendlier ties with China or Russia to get a defense pact, eh? Oh well. Maybe next time!

7:01 PM  
Anonymous i care said...

What comes to mind, why something hasn't been developed to shoot these drones down. It seems someone would be able to develope this. That would be a great development. I am sad to see warfare has come to this.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I care..... you make me sick reading your waste of words
I pitty you and your self pitty

7:14 PM  
Blogger Mr Wrath said...

Many countries could see a drone coming easily and shoot it down like a joke, but Lebanon has been through a lot and has not rebuilt to that point yet.

A lot of people think drones are meant to be seen and heard because it is intimidating to know they are watching.

Our usual U.S. predator drones are not exactly hidden with almost a 50 foot wingspan. just looked this up to show the stats which relate how compliacted this is...it's not just a remote control plane with a camera attached..these things cost like 50 million dollars each and carry hellfire missles...maybe not the exact same thing Isreal is flying, but drones are pretty intense weapons regardless....here's a cut and paste of the predator drone...I have no idea what Isreal is flying though.

The MQ-1 Predator is a system, not just an aircraft. A fully operational system consists of four aircraft (with sensors), a ground control station, a Predator Primary Satellite Link, and approximately 55 personnel for deployed 24-hour operations.
The MQ-1 Predator carries the Multi-spectral Targeting System with inherent AGM-114 Hellfire missile targeting capability and integrates electro-optical, infrared, laser designator and laser illuminator into a single sensor package. The aircraft can employ two laser-guided Hellfire anti-tank missiles with the MTS ball. The aircraft includes an ARC-210 radio, an APX-100 IFF/SIF with Mode 4, an upgraded turbo-charged engine and glycol-weeping “wet wings” for ice mitigation.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Mr Wrath said...

BTW before anyone jumps on me about it, I am not bragging about the "cool drones we have", a LOT of countries have drone planes, I am more or less just really amazed by the complexity of these things...some even have sensors that "sniff" the air for certain elements such as proof of nuclear activity etc.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous tool said...

that's so facking cool dude! fackity fack u!

w00t

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appologize for tool, he is my friend in real life. Last week he admitted to his mom for the first time we are lovers, and she is very much against being homosexual and kicked him out of the house without caring where he would live. He is staying at my place, and very upset, but I will try to keep him offline.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I already read you guys "fack" in the last article, do you have to post it in every one?

About the drones....is there some reason that invading Lebanon airspace with a drone wouldn't be considered an act of war even if it did nothing? Doesn't Lebanon have restricted airspace? I ask because I do not know how all that stuff works.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The use of drones is proof that Israel is NOT targeting civilians. Unlike Hezbollah, who just fires a rocket into the air and where it lands they don't care.

1:12 PM  

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