IDF troops preemptively crashed one of their drones Sunday evening after discovering a malfunction in its systems. The Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft was flying near the Egyptian border when its operators noticed the problem, and decided to crash it into the ground within Israeli territory.
The pieces of the destroyed craft were picked up by Israeli security forces.
The Hermes 450, made by Elbit Systems, is a medium-sized drone designed for reconnaissance and surveillance missions, and can fly for over 20 hours straight. Each drone costs about $2 million.