by Staff Writers
Jerusalem (AFP) Oct 8, 2012
Israel has deployed Patriot anti-missile batteries near the northern port city of Haifa, Israeli media reported Monday, just two days after an unidentified drone infiltrated the country's airspace.
A military spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that the US-made missiles, which can shoot down drones, had been stationed near Haifa but refused to confirm the move was related to the Saturday infiltration.
A defence official told AFP it was not the first time that the mobile Patriot batteries had been deployed near Haifa.
Israeli fighter jets shot down the unarmed drone over the northern Negev desert on Saturday, after it entered the country's airspace from the Mediterranean Sea near the Gaza Strip.
The army said it did not believe the drone had been launched from Gaza but was looking into the possibility that Lebanese Hezbollah militants may have dispatched it, a military official told Israeli public radio.
Patriot missiles, which the United States first sent to Israel during the 1991 Gulf war, were used to defend Haifa during Israel's 2006 conflict with Hezbollah, when the Shiite militant group fired hundreds of rockets from neighbouring Lebanon.
The Patriot system is capable of intercepting both aircraft and missiles.
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|