In a show of impressive air superiority by the Israel Defense Forces(IDF), they announced on Monday that they had intercepted and downed two Iranian Shahed 197 UAVs last year with its F-35I ‘Adir’ (the Mighty One) stealth jets. It was reported that this was the first time an F-35 anywhere in the world had destroyed an enemy UAV, showing Israel wasted no time getting their F-35s in combat.
These drones, made by reverse-engineering the American RQ-170, were reportedly flying towards Israeli airspace while making a munitions delivery to Hamas terrorists in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip. According to the Israeli authorities, the drones were intercepted before they had officially entered their airspace, which implies that they were shot down in another country’s airspace.
“About a year ago, two Iranian UAVs were intercepted, carrying weapons in order to transfer them to the Hamas terrorist organization. The drones were intercepted before crossing the border into Israeli territory,” the Israeli Air Force said through a tweet. “We will not allow anyone to infiltrate the airspace and violate the sovereignty of the State of Israel.”
Last year, Israeli "Adir" (F-35I) fighter jets successfully intercepted two Iranian UAVs launched towards Israeli territory. pic.twitter.com/FQsEjKzxct
— Israeli Air Force (@IAFsite) March 7, 2022