Footage Shows How Israel F-35 Pilots Shoot Down Iranian Stealth Drones
The following footage was released to Twitter by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) claiming that they have shot down 2 Iranian-made stealth drones by using F-35I Adir fifth-generation fighter jets. According to the information provided by the Israeli Air Force, this was the first recorded aerial combat done by the F-35s and it took place in March of 2021.
Four F-35 fighter jets scrambled and 2 of the jets went to conduct the interception of the Iranian drones after they approached the Israeli air space. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft and Israel Air Force has 33 F-35 aircraft in service right now and planning to acquire 75 in total.
An unnamed colonel from IAF’s 116th Squadron said in a press release,
“We sent two jets beyond Israel’s borders, to identify, classify, and down the UAVs within seconds. The aircraft is extremely powerful, capable of detecting slow targets far from ‘home’, and in coordination with the control units, they provide wide-ranging air defense against constantly evolving regional threats,”
According to the release the drones were identified as Iranian-made Shahed 197s. The following footage from F-35’s sensors shows the drones with a propeller at the back.
The Iranian military could capture a US-made Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel in 2011 and they have been producing a number of propeller-driven stealth drones based on the RQ-170.
The Iranian drones were delivering weapons to the Hamas organization in Gaza strip according to the press release. IAF did not mention about the types of missiles they used in the attack.
The Israeli Air Force uses a specific variation F-35I Adir based on the F-35A the fifth-generation single-engine fighter jet. Watch the footage of live-action below!
Last year, Israeli “Adir” (F-35I) fighter jets successfully intercepted two Iranian UAVs launched towards Israeli territory. pic.twitter.com/FQsEjKzxct
— Israeli Air Force (@IAFsite) March 7, 2022