The Israeli military has used a Patriot missile to down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights, the Israeli media reported on Monday.
A spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that the IDF intercepted the UAV, didn’t comment on the reports about the Patriot missile usage.
One Patriot missile costs about $3 million.
BREAKING: A short while ago, the IDF intercepted a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 19 September 2017
Update [19.09.2017 14:03 CEST]: The IDF confirmed that it used the Patriot missile against the UAV:
“Today, at approximately 1:30 PM, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) infiltrated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights. According to IDF intelligence, the Iranian-made UAV was operated by Hezbollah, and took off from Damascus Military Airport. The UAV was being used for a reconnaissance mission along the border and in the Golan Heights. When it was observed crossing the Bravo Line into the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, the IDF decided to intercept it. The UAV was shot down by a single Patriot missile, which was fired by the IAF’s Aerial Defense forces, ” the IDF said in a statement.
Photos show the UAV crash site (SOURCE):