Israel has spent the past week battling the raging fires caused by fiery terrorist kites and balloons flown from Gaza. But now, The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports, the IDF is battling the floating terrorist weapons with drones manned by soldiers and volunteers:
Using drones, a group of conscripted soldiers and hobbyists pressed into service have managed to bring down over 500 fire kites and balloons launched by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory over the past 10 weeks, a senior officer said Thursday...
The military has developed a number of techniques to locate and bring down these kites and balloons, some of them based on civilian products and others that are classified, Livne said.
“We’re using drone technology, optical technology and combining them with our defense systems to deal with this challenge,” he said.
According to the colonel, two methods that were deemed successful were also straightforward: Ramming small, hardy drones with razor blades attached to them into the kites or balloons or using a larger drone outfitted with a claw to catch the balloon or kite in midair and bring it to the ground.
The drones are all “robust” and can be used “again and again and again,” the colonel said.
In both methods, the drone operators wait until the incoming flying object enters Israeli territory and then bring it down, preferably while it is as close to the border as possible.