“Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that the Lebanon-based militant group has been producing drones in the country, and has the ability to turn thousands of rockets into precision missiles. On a day marking the martyrdom of Hezbollah militants who were assassinated or killed by Israel, Nasrallah told followers in a televised address, “We have been producing drones in Lebanon for a long time, and whoever wants to buy them, submit an order.” The speech was reported by the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar news website.
Nasrallah then said that Israel is preventing precision weapons from reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon through strikes in Syria, and that “We became able to convert the thousands of missiles we have into precision missiles.”
He said Hezbollah was able to transform standard rockets into precision missiles with the cooperation of “experts from the Islamic Republic of Iran“. Such production had been spurred by arch-foe Israel’s increased use of drone technology, he said.
“To the Israelis casting [doubt on] our precision missiles: Search as much as you wish, we are waiting,” he said.
Israel last week published the names of three Lebanese companies that it accused of supplying materials for Hezbollah’s precision-guidance missile project, a move designed to generate international economic pressure on the Shi’ite Muslim group.
“Hezbollah are endangering the citizens of Lebanon and the state of Lebanon,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement. Israel, he added, would “act resolutely in the face of the Iranian precision project operating from the heart of Lebanon.””
Comment: It will be interesting to see if Israel ever makes another serious attempt to crush Hizballah. The prospect of a massive counter-value retaliation directed at Israeli settlements may just be too great. pl
Molon labe, Zionist entity.
An excellent comment, Pat Lang. It will be interesting to see, especially since now Hezbollah has amassed a massive deterrent arsenal of precision guided missiles. We should all take note of the fact that Israel no longer bombs in Lebanon. Nasrallah has made it clear that any bombing in Lebanon will cause equal or greater retaliation in bombing on Israel. The Israeli bombing of container shipping of missiles and war material being shipped through Iraq and Syria made the “suitcase GPS kits” necessary. They are extremely effective, because not only can they be transferred discreetly by ground or air without being tracked and destroyed, but the Iranian technical ability and knowledge transfer is now firmly established. This project belonged to Soleimani, of course, and may be partly responsible for pro-Israeli voices pushing Trump to assassinate him. By this time, it’s a foregone conclusion that Hezbollah’s stockpile of 14,000 long-range Zel-zal 2 rockets are upgraded, but who knows what else? Nasrallah is a patient man, and he plans competently and completely.
“They can put a missile on the building we’re sitting in now,” the senior officer, speaking at a base in central Israel, said. “There’s an unlimited ability to put a GPS on these rockets, it only depends on how many kits they have.”
I thought Hezbollah already has a few hundred GPS-guided Fateh-110s? Reportedly they have three meter accuracy. The Houthis manufacture their own version of the 110. Hezbollah can do the same and turn that into thousands. With a 300km range they can easily hit targets in or near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The big fear for Israel must be that Hezbollah targets Israeli airbases with PGMs. Israel is highly dependent on the IAF for national security. The only airbase in Israel outside the range of missiles fired from Lebanon is Ovda, near Eilat.
It appears that the dream of Eretz Israel is on hold. Those pesky Bedouins with those rockets. Why they don’t fight fair! Maybe if the Israelis open their borders and diversify then they all can sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya. Isn’t that what our Woke generation believes? Guess missiles trump drones and a sneak and peek air campaign.
Karma is a beach.
No beduin among them