Fact Check: This Video Is NOT Footage Of Israeli Defense System

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: This Video Is NOT Footage Of Israeli Defense System Video Game

Is a video showing helicopters being taken down by rapid missile fire actually footage of the Israeli defense system at work? No, that's not true: The video is taken from the video game ARMA 3, a tactical shooter video game developed by Bohemia Interactive.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on May 23, 2021. The caption read:

OMG!!!Israel's defense system

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on May 24, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon May 24 15:51:11 2021 UTC)

In an email to Lead Stories on May 24, 2021, Pavel Křižka, the public relations manager for Bohemia Interactive, confirmed that the footage in the Facebook video was from the company's video game:

yes, the footage is taken from our (moded) game Arma 3.

In gaming culture, "modding" a video game or software means to alter it to a player's liking. Other players can install modded versions of games through platforms such as Steam.

While it can protect against a variety of aerial threats, Iron Dome, Israel's air defense system since 2011, is best known for detecting and shooting down rockets, mortar and artillery.

Lead Stories previously debunked a similar claim that footage from ARMA 3 was footage of Israeli defense forces firing artillery.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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