In 2002, Israel Defense Forces began deployment of a second Arrow II weapons system battery at the Ein Shemer Airfield. 1 In 2020, Israel’s medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV took off from Ein Shemer Airfield and landed at Ben Gurion International Airport, becoming the first UAV to land at a major commercial airport. 2
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
- UAV: Remotely piloted or self-piloted aircraft that can take on various intelligence or combat roles such as reconnaissance or targeted missiles strikes. The rapid proliferation of UAVs has raised concerns that they might serve as a delivery vehicle for a terrorist strike involving WMD.
- “Eastern Mediterranean, Strategic Weapons Systems,” Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessment, 18 March 2010; “Israel’s second Arrow missile battery fully operational: report,” Xinhua, 8 October 2002.
- “UAV Makes First Landing at Major Commercial Airport,” Janes, 16 September 2020.