Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Eitan drone at the Tel Nof airbase, during Operation Breaking Dawn in August 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Remotely manned aircraft have become an influential factor in the Israeli Defense Force’s operational activity in recent years. At any given time, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are in the air performing intelligence gathering, observation, attack, and closing fire circles missions, said the IDF. The operational activity of the drone squadrons now constitutes about 80% of all operational flight hours in the Air Force. Will we need pilots in the future? What about driverless cars and trucks? Will we need truck drivers? What about robotic warehouses such as Amazon now have? They no longer need pickers and packers. They operate 24 hours a day and do not need electric lighting. Most car manufacturing is done with robots, as are many other manufacturing operations.

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The IDF first revealed that it used armed drones this past July, acknowledging that such UAVs have been integral in recently thwarting terrorist operatives and wanted persons of the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip. And Israeli defense contractors are some of the world’s top producers of military drone technologies.

Elbit Systems, for example, is one Israeli firm that develops unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The company boasts that its UAS are the backbone of the IDF force. Elbit Systems offers a comprehensive range of UAS – from the man-portable Skylark LEX mini UAS, through the versatile tactical UAS and up to the next-generation Hermes 900 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAS.

The main center for the operations of the IDF’s drone formations is located at the Palmachim Air Force Base. The base also hosts the Israel Air Force’s (IAF) drone squadrons and the Zik unit (5252), a remotely manned aircraft unit of the IDF artillery corps. During an activity, the UAV operators hold the picture of the situation on their screens in which they make sure they carry out military strikes with “quality and precision” to prevent harm to those not involved.

In Jesus’ coming Millennial Kingdom, He and the Saints will be ruling the nations of the world from a completely transformed Jerusalem. New technologies will be wisely used and it is exciting to think about the roles we will have in ruling the nations with Jesus. I think it is important to pray and prepare now. This blog is called living eternal now doing what Jesus has gifted us for and hence called us to do, not forgetting the great commission to make disciples of Christ, to build His kingdom. Jesus taught us to pray “your kingdom come, your will be done on this earth as it is in heaven” in the Millennium this prayer will be answered in full.

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