Israel's military has unveiled a massive balloon that is packed with a 'state-of-the-art' missile and aircraft detection system.
The blimp, named Sky Dew, will be launched high into the atmosphere to track potential threats from neighbouring states in the Middle East.
It is believed to be one of the largest balloons of its kind in the world, according to reports from RT.
When operational it will be able to observe objects in the air and on the ground from long distances, and will be able to scan in a number of different directions.
Boaz Levy, CEO of the Israel Aerospace Industries, which helped develop the system, said: "Sky Dew will complement existing Israeli land-based detection systems by putting additional sensors at a high altitude."
Defence Minister Benny Gantz, meanwhile, said that this would be “another technological breakthrough that will strengthen the defense of Israel’s skies and Israeli citizens.”
“The success of the new system fortifies the wall of defense that Israel has built in the face of the distant and imminent air threats being built by its enemies. Through the detection capabilities, and the multi-layered defense system, Israel’s advantage in the area will be preserved, and the operational scope required to maintain its security will be enabled"
Sky Dew was developed by the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), who worked with the US Missile Defense Agency and American weapons manufacturer TCOM
Earlier this year, 13 people were killed including two children after Israel was targeted by a number of missiles from the Palestinian group Hamas. The nation responded with several days of strikes, which they said were targeted at Hamas bases.
Following a ceasefire in May, fighting resumed in June after a radical Palestinian group sent over incendiary balloons which started hundreds of fires in Israel, affecting miles of forest and farmland.
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