SEC.-LT. ITZIK COHEN holds a Sky Rider drone before takeoff .
(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
An IDF drone operated by the army’s Artillery Corps crashed in the Gaza Strip on
The Sky Rider drone crashed due to a technical failure, an IDF
The drone is the only one not operated by the Israel Air
Force but rather by a Ground Forces unit.
The IDF us investigating the
Palestinians claimed responsibility for the downing of the
drone on Sunday afternoon, Ma’an news agency reported on Sunday.
quoted sources in Gaza who said they shot down the drone in an open area in the
northern Gaza Strip. The IDF official denied the Palestinian claim.
Sky Rider is relatively new, having officially entered into operation in 2010.
Due to its small size, the Sky Rider drone does not require a takeoff or landing
Cameras on board the drone include one that provides thermal
imaging, allowing nighttime observation.
Sky Rider is playing an
increasing role in counterterror raids in the West Bank, sending down images of
villages as arrests occur. Its video images have been used to conduct
surveillance of rioters and later help prosecute them in court.Jerusalem
Post staff contributed to this report.