Israel's army recruited 15 drone operators for a special mission. It turned into a multi-million dollar startup – Haaretz

The idea behind the Xtend startup arose during the interception of fire-bearing balloons launched from Gaza into Israel. The company is now planning to undertake ‘the most dangerous missions in the world’
During 2018, the Israeli communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip came under a relentless assault of hundreds of explosive and incendiary kites and balloons. As part of its attempts to find a response to this new threat, the Israel Defense Forces came up with an original idea. In what sounds a bit like the premise of a Hollywood movie, the IDF located the 15 best and most experienced drone operators in Israel, called them up for reserve duty and sent them to the border with the Strip with the task of using their skills to intercept the troublesome kites and balloons.