Hamas Off-the-Shelf Drones Destroy Million-Dollar Israeli Hardware

A smaller force that travels in huge formations faces a significant difficulty because a small drone that costs a fraction of an armored personnel carrier can cripple the vehicle or potentially neutralize troops.

Israeli guard tower is destroyed with a bomb dropped by a Hamas drone

In the major terror attack on Israel last week, the Hamas organization employed specific strategies, according to military analysts, that were uncommon in the past.
The Hamas also used weaponized commercial drones to disable stationary Israeli defenses in addition to motorized gliders to transport highly armed fighters into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Military specialists are concerned after Hamas used commercial four-rotor drones to drop tiny explosives that looked like mortar rounds on Israeli defense positions, as this type of operation could be copied by terrorist and insurgent organizations anywhere in the globe.

The first instance of the usage of weaponized commercial drones, such as those used by YouTube and Instagram bloggers to create reels, was in Ukraine. These drones are readily available in local electronics stores.

Small drones equipped with homemade hand grenades and mortar rounds have been used by the outnumbered Ukrainian soldiers to drop on the armored forces of the invading Russian military. It is said that this strategy is quite powerful.

A smaller force that travels in huge formations faces a significant difficulty because a small drone that costs a fraction of an armored personnel carrier can cripple the vehicle or potentially neutralize troops.

Hamas launched a horde of commercial drones equipped with tiny bombs when it began the terror strike on Israel on Saturday. Hamas used drones to target watch towers along the border fence while its members demolished the border with bulldozers and arrived in powered gliders, which was itself quite unexpected. The Israeli watchtowers lack a roof but are surrounded by armor on all sides. The drone bombs directly hit the gunner’s seat, taking down Israel’s primary line of border defense.

In another video, Hamas can be seen using what looks to be a mortar delivered by a drone to damage an Israeli Merkava Mark IV tank, which costs about $3.5 million. The top (and rear) of tanks often have minimal armor, making such areas the most susceptible. Because of this, some of the most efficient man-portable anti-tank missile weapons, like the Javelin, use a top-down attack. Instead of striking from the sides, the missile flies upward before fast descending to hit the upper part of the tank where the thinly armored hatch is located.

Military planners around the world are waking up to the threat posed by drones now. Many nations have invested in anti-drone technologies like jammers to disable or override the controls of the drones.

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