A drone crashed Saturday in an open field in southern Lebanon as result of a technical malfunction, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman confirmed Saturday. According to the IDF report, the drone crashed between the villages of Beit Yahoun and Barashit.
According to an earlier report by Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, the drone was destroyed by Israeli fire after it crash-landed on the ground. Reports in Lebanon said the drone was armed with four missiles and landed between the villages of Beit Yahoun and Barashit and was then destroyed by another drone, reportedly Israeli.
Al-Manar also said air traffic was lively in the southern Lebanese sky on Friday night.
The drone was an air force Hermes 450, the IDF said, which developed technical problems in flight. The IDF added that no relevant information will be obtainable from the wreckage regarding the drone’s capabilities or its systems.
The Hermes 450 was brought into service in the 1990s but has since been upgraded. It is considered an advanced vehicle of its type and comprises one of the key figures the army has for collecting and transmitting aerial photographs and intelligence.
According to foreign sources, the Hermes 450 was used in targeted assassinations that were attributed to Israel. The drone is manufactured in Israel by Elbit. Each one costs 2 million shekels ($570,000).