Both Hezbollah And Iran Now Have Drone Armies According To Intel
ISRAEL - A new report that has been released by an Israeli based Alma Research Center says that the Hezbollah which is a terrorist group based in Lebanon now has around 2,000 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which it has amassed over the last 15 years.
This 'UAV army' was created partly with the help of Iran, who has given the Hezbollah terrorist organization UAVs, as well as independently manufacturing their own UAVs, also with the help of Iran.
In 2006 Hezbollah was believed to have only around 50 UAVs during the time of the Second Lebanon War but the number increased to 200 by 2013. By 2016 it had around 800 UAVs the report stated.
This means within four to five years Iran has enabled the Hezbollah terrorist organization to nearly triple its number of available UAVs.
Iran developed its own UAV in 1984 and since then has built up their own 'UAV army' which is capable of being deployed across the entire Middle Eastern region and significantly extending its operational reach according to the report.
"Iran’s ‘UAV Army’ capabilities in general and its proxies’ independent production capabilities constitute a significant, central, and very troubling military challenge for Israel" the report stated.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz stated that the drone army is 'one of the most significant tools developed by Iran.” The force is “an array of deadly, precision weapons that, like a ballistic missile or a plane, can cross thousands of miles".
"The Iranians produce and export these aircraft to their proxies, in coordination and led by the IRGC Air Force and Quds Force" he added.