Israeli Air Force F-35 Adir intercepted Houthi cruise missile [VIDEO]

By Arie Egozi

A very close cooperation between an Israeli Air Force (IAF) special mission aircraft and ground radars enabled an F-35 Adir fighter aircraft to intercept a cruise missile launched by the Houthis in Yemen towards Israel on October 31.


As reported by Defence Industry Europe, the Houthi rebels in Yemen launched two cruise missiles and a ballistic missile towards Israel. The ballistic missile was intercepted by an Arrow 3 missile defence system.



The IDF later revealed that the cruise missiles were intercepted by an F-35, which destroyed the cruise missiles with an air-to-air missile.


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The IAF operates different types of special mission aircraft. The one used on October 31 is an Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

All these special mission aircraft are operated by the Israeli Air Force’s “Nachshon” 122nd squadron. The systems are carried by a Gulfstream G-550 aircraft. The AEW&C aircraft utilizes AESA radar, IFF (Identification, Friend or Foe), SIGINT, and communication systems to generate and disseminate an Air and Maritime Situational Picture. It also includes an Air Battle Management and Strike Aircraft Guidance System.



The system was developed by ELTA, the electronic group of IAI. It is fitted with a dual-band AESA radar providing complete 360° azimuthal coverage.



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