Israel Palestine Conflict Israel F-35 Fighter Shoots Down Cruise Missile Mid-Air – VIDEO: Israel’s F-35 takes first victim amid war with Hamas, shoots down cruise missile in mid-air
The Israeli Air Force shot down an enemy cruise missile with an air-to-air missile launched from the fifth generation fighter jet F-35I Adir. This is the first operation of F-35 in the current conflict. Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) said that on the same day the Arrow Missile Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missile System (ATBM) had intercepted a surface-to-surface missile in the Red Sea area.
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mid air interception
Israel Defense Force (IDF) shared a video of this air-to-air operation on social media platform In the infrared imagery video, an F-35I fighter jet from the Adir formation is seen chasing a cruise missile operated by a turbofan engine.
🔴A cruise missile launched from the southeast toward Israeli airspace was successfully intercepted by F-35i fighter jets.
🔴On the same day, the IAF’s Arrow Aerial Defense System intercepted a surface-to-surface missile in the Red Sea area. pic.twitter.com/jZn0wcqwUX
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 2, 2023
The missile launched from Israel’s south-east was stopped by the Air Force’s control and detection system. This cruise missile was moving towards Israeli airspace. The system gave a signal. After this Israel immediately launched its fighter jet. Military expert and global open-source intelligence company Janes said in its report that this is the first attack carried out by such F-35I. The missile launched from the stealth fighter shot down a cruise missile.
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