After drone strike, UAE to expand use of Israeli air defense technology

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Emirates to acquire additional Skylock anti-drone systems after deadly Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates is seeking to expand its arsenal of defense systems against Israeli drones following a deadly Houthi drone strike on its capital.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched a drone attack near Abu Dhabi airport on Monday that killed three people and injured several others. The attack also caused multiple explosions.

A Houthi spokesman claimed the attack included a “large number of drones” as well as five ballistic missiles, according to the Houthi-owned Al Masirah TV channel, although the use of ballistic missiles was disputed by some experts in defense.

Another eight armed drones were launched from Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, towards Saudi Arabia, but were intercepted by the Saudi-led coalition.

Following the drone strike, the UAE is now seeking to acquire new Israeli-made anti-drone systems. He had already purchased and deployed such a system over the past few months.

Itzik Huber, CEO of Skylock Systems, part of the Avnon HLS group. (Courtesy)

“Because of the incident that happened this week, they are now asking us what we can get them as soon as possible from a long list of systems,” said Itzik Huber, CEO of Skylock Systems, which is part of the Avnon HLS group. The media line.

Based in Israel, Skylock Systems specializes in the design and production of technologies for the detection, verification and neutralization of unauthorized drones. The company’s technology has been deployed in 31 countries, including the United States and, most recently, Morocco.

According to Huber, the United Arab Emirates could have prevented Monday’s strike if it had set up an anti-drone system at or near the airport.

“If they had deployed such a system there, they would have known in advance that a strike was coming,” he noted. “Even if you fail to stop the attack, knowing that it is about to happen is very important because you can move people to shelters and look for ways to defend yourself.”

In order to stop a drone attack, the drone must first be detected. Skylock is able to detect hostile drones over 20 km or 12.4 miles away, Huber said.

Once this is accomplished, several tracks can be used to disarm it.

“Most can be blocked electronically, for example by disabling the drone’s GPS or navigation system, turning off its video capabilities, or blocking the frequency the drone uses to fly,” Huber explained.

Another option is to send out a high-speed drone to shoot down its hostile counterpart.

Other Israeli air defense technology companies have said preventing drone strikes like the one that took place in Abu Dhabi is easier said than done.

Lior Segal, CEO of ThirdEye Systems. (Yakir Shukrun)

“The biggest challenge with these drones is that they can fly very low and quite fast, and since they are relatively smooth objects, they are more difficult to detect with traditional radars,” said Lior Segal, CEO of ThirdEye. Systems at The Media Line. “This attack [in Abu Dhabi] occurred at a very long distance – hundreds of kilometers – so it is a very difficult object to detect. It is a very simple but very effective weapon.

ThirdEye Systems specializes in AI-based object recognition algorithms and its products are currently used by the Israel Defense Forces as well as other leading defense agencies around the world. Its electro-optical detection system is mainly used against small drones.

Attack drones such as the one used by the Houthi rebels, Segal said, can carry up to 45 kilograms or 99 pounds of explosives and fly at speeds of around 200 km/h (125 mph) over distances reaching hundreds of kilometers.

“Because Israel is a small country, I think we have pretty good coverage,” Segal said. “In Israel, we are very aware.

Skylock Systems’ anti-drone defense system currently in use in the United Arab Emirates. (Courtesy)

However, Skylock’s Huber warned that the threat of drone strikes is already very serious and will only grow over time, thanks to the immense destructive potential and easy availability of drones.

“As we saw in Abu Dhabi, Houthi terrorists were able to target the capital’s main airport and kill people,” Huber said. “This attack was carried out using a very simple device – a drone – very easy to use and easy to buy. You don’t need a license either.

“Unlike learning to fly and fly an airplane in a building, which is complicated, these days you can buy a drone for $500 and have it carry explosives,” he continued. “It’s a big threat that will only get worse. Unless you have a specific way to stop the drone there is nothing you can do.

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