Although no official plan has been made, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has expressed interest in obtaining a fleet of “suicide drones” developed by weapons manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), reports Haaretz. An IAI executive publicized the interest, which was confirmed by a military source.
The drone is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), equipped with cameras and/or explosives and designed to dive towards a target and explode as needed. It can also land and be reused if desired. Such drones can provide low-cost air support for ground troops when manned aircraft are not present.
The current model which the IDF is considering is the Rotem, a Hebrew acronym for “attack and suicide drone”. A single unit can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Several have already been sold to foreign armies, though IAI would not specify which countries had purchased the UAVs. READ MORE