Title: MHS FISINT Successfully Collects Israeli F-16 Heads Up Display

Release Date: 2016-01-29

Document Date: 2008-02-01

Description: This March 2008 post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, describes the Menwith Hill station’s success in intercepting the video feeds from Israeli F-16 fighter jets and drones: see the Intercept article Spies in the Sky: Israeli Drone Feeds Hacked by British and American Intellience, 29 January 2016.

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published March 2008

MHS FISINT Successfully Collects Israeli F-16 Heads-Up Display

(S//SI//REL)

, Menwith Hill Station (F77)

(S//SI/TK//REL) During the recent unrest in the Gaza Strip in January, Menwith Hill
Station FISINT operators collected video for the first time from the cockpit of an Israeli
Air Force F-16 fighter jet. The day before, MHS FISINT operators collected video from
an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The UAV appeared to still be on the ground, which
prompted the site to go back to the area again the next day. As a result, MHS collected
the F-16 heads-up display that showed a target on the ground being tracked. MHS
worked closely with a GCHQ site in Cyprus for tip-offs.

(S//SI//REL) Reacting to the unrest in the Gaza Strip, MHS conducted ad hoc range
surveillance. On 3 January, the site collected the aircraft video from an Israeli F-16
fighter. The 14-second long video showed an “unbroken line” running through the
targeting display, indicating that the target being tracked was on the ground.1

(SIISIIIREL) Heads-up display from an Israeli F-16 fighter over the Gaza Strip. The
target being tracked is located inside the circle.

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(U) Notes:

1 (U//FOUO) Open-source reporting indicated that the Israeli Air Force was involved in
at least five airstrikes over the Gaza Strip killing two militants.

(U//FOUO) This article is reprinted from MHS’s Horizon newsletter, February edition.

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