An Israeli Air Force fighter jet fired a single Patriot missile at the UAV - an intelligence collection drone - from Israel's Golan Heights.
On the same day Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was issuing his stern warning against Iranian threats to Israel, Iran activated a home-made drone that the Israeli military shot down over a demilitarized zone before it could penetrate Israeli air space.
Israel has used the American-made Patriot missiles to down drones before-three drones in 2014-two launched from Gaza and one from Syria-and one Syrian drone over Golan Heights as recently as April. "We will respond to every action very clearly and we will act to prevent any future attempt", Manelis stated.
The Patriot interceptor missile was launched from a military installation in northern Israel, near the city of Safed.
"The IDF will not allow any infiltration or attempt to infiltrate Israeli airspace by any Iranian terror group, be it Hezbollah or Shia militia groups". Manelis refused to say whether the drone mission was related to the recent Israeli attack on a military site in Syria, saying that the IDF "does not comment of foreign reports". Nevertheless, Israel's aerial defense systems "are flexible enough" to counter any threat, including UAVs.
BISLACH AIR BASE, Israel-Israel and the United States inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil September 18, which will serve dozens of soldiers operating a missile defense system.
Israel has always been concerned by its nemesis Iran's ongoing efforts to establish itself in southern Syria, near the Golan Heights.
Israel's multi-tier missile defense system includes the Arrow, created to intercept long-range ballistic missiles in the stratosphere with an eye on Iran, and Iron Dome, which defends against short-range rockets from the Gaza Strip.
While Israeli military officers often discuss a future conflict with the terrorist group as a matter of "when, not if", the assessment of the IDF is that Hezbollah is not now interested in renewed warfare with Israel at present, due to its active involvement in the Syrian civil war, which have caused it significant strategic problems. Russian and Iranian forces are fighting in Syria in support of Assad.