Air Defense: Deadly Dimona, The Desert Deathtrap


December 22, 2010: On December 16, Israel reported that one of their F-16s had shot down an aircraft that had entered the no-fly zone around its nuclear reactor and research center at Dimona (out in the Negev desert). The downed "object" was believed to be an unmanned balloon. The Israelis are seeking the wreckage, to see if this was an espionage effort by someone, or just an accident.

The Israelis defend Dimona air space with surface-to-air missiles and on-call jet fighters. In the last fifty years, no one, as far as the Israelis are aware, has deliberately entered the no-fly zone. But last year, an ultra-light aircraft accidentally entered the zone, but promptly landed when challenged by an Israeli fighter. Back in 1967, the pilot of a damaged Israeli warplane accidentally entered the zone, and was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. The pilot was killed. Dimona is where Israel has built over a hundred nuclear weapons.



Article Archive

Air Defense: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close