Even if it may seem to be a standard drone carrying two long range tanks, the Hermes photographed over Gaza in the last days carry an unknown type of pod. A firing pod according to our source
An Israeli source who wishes to remain anonymous sent us the photos you can find in this post.
They were taken on Jul. 24 and Jul. 29, over the southern Israeli Gaza border by AFP photographer Jack Guez and show an Hermes 450 drone.
Noteworthy, the Israeli UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) carries two previously unknown underwing pods. At first glance, they may resemble the two fuel tanks of the Hermes 450LE (Long Endurance) variant but a closer look shows they are not attached to a standard pylon but they are directly attached to the wing. Furthermore, the rear edge of this new pod, is aligned to the wing’s trailing edge.
According to our source, this is “a firing pod for a light missile,” possibly used to attack Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip but we are unable to verify it.
For sure the pod is something new, whose shape (loosely trapezoidal) reminds that of some gun pods carried by some warplanes. Hard to say whether it can really house a light missile or something else, even though we can’t completely rule it out.
Image credit: AFP/Jack Guez
Makes sense. Hamas have no air force. This would be a great and cost effective way of 24 / 7 annihilation of a people. I saw on Channel 4 in the UK the Israeli ambassador saying they wanted at least 15,000 lives in this operation.
Could be gun pods but more likely SIGINT collection packages.
I don’t buy it. Why wouldn’t they just mount a missile to the pylon? There are no ‘pods’ for missiles, there are for guided rockets but those are cylindrical. My bet SIGINT, EMS man-in-the middle.
May be fuel tank…
or may be this: