UmatPost - Israel is preparing to launch a huge missile-detecting plus reconnaissance balloon to tackle threats on its northern borders with Lebanon, according to the country's defence ministry, on Wednesday.
A ministry statement described the balloon as the largest in the world, which will provide additional early warning capabilities against aerial plus ground threats.
"It will provide additional detection plus early warning capabilities to the existing operational air defence detection array deployed around Israel," the ministry said.
The statement said the balloon will be deployed at a high altitude to detect incoming missiles' threats.
The location where the balloon will be flown, however, was not identified.
According to the statement, the aerostat was developed in cooperation between the Israel Missile Defence Organisation plus the US Missile Defence Agency.
Israeli Air Force chief, Amikam Norkin, said the balloon will "enable us to build a more accurate plus broader air surveillance picture."
Israel possesses a variety of short, medium- plus long-range air defence systems, including the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets plus drones; the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth's atmosphere plus the David's Sling missile defence system that is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles.