This is how Israel thwarted Iran's missiles against an F-35i base

This report details the objectives of the attack, the Israeli defensive strategies implemented and the reason for the nationwide alarms and explosions. Israel faced a massive drone and missile attack from Iran, some aimed at the Nevatim air base.

Anti-aircraft alarms rang out, and explosions spread across Israel in the early hours of Sunday following a coordinated assault by more than 300 unmanned aerial devices and projectiles fired by Iran, marking the first direct assault of its kind against the nation.

This report details the objectives of the attack, the Israeli defensive strategies implemented and the reason for the nationwide alarms and explosions.

Although the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Tehran, responsible for launching the drones and missiles, has not specified the targets, it is presumed that the main objective was the Nevatim air base, located in southern Israel. This facility houses the F-35, the most sophisticated stealth fighter aircraft in the Israeli arsenal.

Coordinated response to Iranian air offensive

According to information from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Iranian attack was made up of 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles and 120 ballistic missiles, with Israeli forces managing to intercept 99% of these.

The Israeli Air Force, with support from allied nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Jordan and France, managed to neutralize all drones and cruise missiles before they violated national airspace.

The flight time of the drones to reach Israel was several hours, while the cruise missiles needed approximately one hour to reach their targets. Ballistic missiles, meanwhile, presented a greater challenge due to their short flight time, approximately 10 minutes, and greater difficulty in intercepting, although some were effectively neutralized.

The Arrow long-range air defense system played a crucial role in the defense, intercepting most of the 120 ballistic missiles. The Arrow 3, designed to shoot down ballistic missiles even outside the Earth’s atmosphere, proved essential in this operation, consolidating Israel’s defensive capacity against powerful aerial threats.

Israel’s response to ballistic missile offensive

Contrary to the drones and cruise missiles, which were neutralized before entering Israeli airspace, the ballistic missiles were shot down over Israeli territory, which is why the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) proceeded to activate the sirens—warning signs: concerned about the risk of falling shrapnel. In an unfortunate incident, a Bedouin girl was seriously injured by shrapnel that descended on the Negev Desert.

The explosions heard nationwide are attributed to the Arrow system’s effectiveness in intercepting ballistic missiles. These were destroyed at high altitudes, even at the edge of space, causing flashing lights in the sky and falling shrapnel to be visible to the naked eye.

Most of the alarms were activated mainly in the central and eastern region of the Negev, close to the Nevatim air base, also extending to areas such as Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights.

Although some ballistic missiles managed to evade the defense system and reach the Nevatim air base, the damage reported was minor and did not affect the operations of the base, which continued to function normally on Sunday morning. This fact highlights the resilience and rapid response capacity of Israeli military installations in the face of external aggression.

Operations in Nevatim: Continuity despite the siege

Hours before the attack, in a clear show of caution, the official plane of the State of Israel, known as “Zion Wing”, was evacuated from the Nevatim air base, indicating that the Israeli authorities anticipated that this facility would be a target. Priority for Iran. This preventive action sought to safeguard one of the country’s most valuable air assets.

During a press conference Sunday morning, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari provided statements that reinforced the perception that Nevatim was the main focus of the Iranian attack. “As you can see, the base is operating normally and continues to fulfill its strategic functions,” said Hagari, showing real-time images of the air base to deny rumors of significant damage to the facilities. “Iran believed it could incapacitate this base and undermine our air capacity, but it failed to do so,” he noted.

Additionally, Hagari highlighted the continued operations of the base, noting that Air Force aircraft, including the advanced F-35s known as Adir, continued to perform attack and defense missions. “The Adir planes are now returning from a defense mission, and you will soon see them land again in Nevatim,” he announced, assuring Israel’s defensive and rapid response capabilities in the face of threats.

Escalation of tensions in the region

This unprecedented assault on Israel occurs against a backdrop of growing hostility between Israel and Iran, reaching a fever pitch recently.

The Islamic Republic has expressed its intention to avenge the death of seven members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, including two generals, who perished in an alleged Israeli airstrike near Tehran’s consulate in Damascus on April 1.