Red tape holds back deployment of system capable of giving intel on Gaza

HILA system 248.88 (photo credit: IDF)
HILA system 248.88
(photo credit: IDF)
The IDF recently acquired an advanced system capable of pinpointing rocket-launching crews and hitting them, but was not using it, Israel Radio reported Monday overnight. However, operating the HILA system costs NIS 8 million a year, and currently the IDF's Southern Command and Ground Forces' Command are disputing which of the branches is to finance its deployment. The system, an airborne observation zeppelin nicknamed HILA, hovers at a height of up to one kilometer and can work during daylight and during the night. It is equipped with both cameras and radars and is operated from the ground. It is capable of acquiring short-term intelligence, such as the location of terrorists and rocket launchers in a short time, which can then be delivered to combat troops almost in real time. It is also capable of following troop movements thus alerting them to dangers within their radius.