Fixed-Wing Loitering Munitions Showcased by Palestinian Terrorist Groups in Gaza

In October 2023, Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza released footage of new fixed-wing UAVs, including the Sayyad, Sahab, Hudhud (by Palestinian Islamic Jihad), and Zouari (by Hamas). These groups claimed attacks on Israeli targets on October 7, 2023, following an infiltration that resulted in the killing of 1,300 civilians and soldiers. The UAVs, particularly the Sayyad and Zouari, exhibit features similar to Iranian proxies’ UAVs, suggesting the ongoing proliferation of Iranian technology to terrorist organizations.

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The Palestinian Islamic Jihad unveiled the Sayyad loitering munition on October 4, 2023, claiming its use against Israeli targets on October 8, 2023. The Sayyad features a rear propeller and a V-shaped tail. Hamas showcased its Zouari loitering munition on October 14, 2023, with distinctive features, including a cylindrical fuselage. The Zouari was launched from positions using a catapult rail, likely pneumatic, and shares similarities with Iranian technology, indicating the transfer of knowledge to terrorist groups.

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