Israel last month launched a drone strike on an airbase inside Iran and destroyed a large number, possibly hundreds, of the Islamic Republic’s own military drones. That according to reports appearing this week in both Israeli and Arab media.
Iran has in recent years significantly boosted its production and use of military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). A large number of these were based near Kermanshah in western Iran.
According to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz and the Lebanese television station Al-Mayadeen, operated by Iranian proxy Hezbollah, a strike force of at least six military drones attacked the Kermanshah base last month, causing significant damage. The attacking drones reportedly took off from Iraqi Kurdistan, which has warm relations with Israel and from where it is widely believed Israel operates.
Sat. Imagery via @planet shows the damage at the Mahidasht Base (#IRGC), Nezaja’s 4th UAV Battalion in Kermanshah, #Iran on the 14th Feb. 2022, according to local reports it was caused by a fire, however as always, when incidents at military bases happen, people speculate. pic.twitter.com/4c6VsSC8kS
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) February 18, 2022
Over the past weekend, a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles hit American facilities in the Kurdistan capital of Erbil. The Iranians later said the attack had targeted a “secret Zionist base.”
Israel has for years been warning of Iran’s increased use of offensive drones as the Islamic Republic stretches its tentacles across the Middle East.
Iranian drones were involved in a recent attack from Yemen on the United Arab Emirates, and it was recently revealed that a year ago two Iranian drones attempted to infiltrate Israel before being shot down by Israeli F-35s.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) believes Iran might have been so bold as to be sending the drones through Israel to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
While Iran’s use of the drones is concern enough, the bigger worry is that Tehran is putting these weapons in the hands of groups like Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis in Yemen.