Israel rethinks UAV sale to Russia

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  1. youngindian

    youngindian Senior Member Senior Member

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    Jerusalem rethinks UAV sale to Russia | Israel | Jerusalem Post

    Jun 22, 2009

    Israel does not plan to sell Russia its most advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), defense officials said Monday, after a top Russian official said that the 12 Moscow recently purchased from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) would be used for study, to build similar models domestically.

    In a $53 million deal signed recently, Russia will receive two models of IAI's low-tier UAVs - the I-view MK150 tactical UAV and the Searcher Mk II medium-range UAV.

    In an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency on Monday, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, revealed that the main goal of the deal with Israel was to study the technology in order to build the drones domestically.

    "We must take their know-how and put it to practical use [in developing our own craft]," Dzirkaln was quoted as saying.

    Russia's interest in Israeli drones surfaced in late 2008 following the war in Georgia, during which Tbilisi operated Israeli-made drones.

    Israeli officials said that this was not part of the deal signed with Russia, but that the possibility had been "taken into consideration," and as a result the advanced UAV models and accompanying technology would not be sold to Moscow.

    "We have a responsibility to safeguard our ingenious technology," one official said. "We were aware of this possibility, even though it was not said explicitly until now."

    According to Russian media reports, the military is planning on manufacturing 100 drones and close to a dozen guidance systems that could be used for reconnaissance in the event of a conflict. Until now, the reports said, Russian defense companies - Irkut and Vega Radio - have failed to develop an advanced system.
  3. luckyy

    luckyy Regular Member

    Jun 8, 2009
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    i never heard russian talking so much , they were the quitest people on earth..
  4. Zmey Smirnoff

    Zmey Smirnoff Regular Member

    Apr 2, 2009
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    LOL, silly jews. We already received 12 UAVs of different types.
  5. Sridhar

    Sridhar House keeper Moderator

    Feb 16, 2009
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    Russia buys 12 spy drones from Israel
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    MOSCOW, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has bought 12 unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel in a recent deal worth $53 million, a Russian government official said on Monday.

    "The contract envisions the purchase of 12 UAV, including two heavy vehicles and 10 small vehicles. The delivery has not yet been made because the contract was signed only recently," Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.

    Dzirkaln said the main goal of the purchase was to study the Israeli achievements in the development of spy drones in order to build reliable UAVs domestically.

    "We must take their know-how and put it to practical use [in developing our own craft]," the official said.

    The Russian military stressed the need to provide its Armed Forces with advanced means of battlefield reconnaissance in the wake of a brief military conflict with Georgia last August, when the effectiveness of Russian military operations was severely hampered by the lack of reliable intelligence.

    The Russian Air Force has launched a number of UAV development programs for various purposes. Air Force Commander, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said last year that Russia would deploy advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with a flight range of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles) and a flight duration capability of up to 12 hours by 2011.

    However, Russian defense companies, including the Irkut aircraft maker and the Vega Radio Engineering Corp., have failed so far to provide the military with effective spy drones.

    According to various estimates, the Russian military needs up to 100 UAVs and at least 10 guidance systems to ensure effective battlefield reconnaissance in case of any military conflict.

    Russia buys 12 spy drones from Israel | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire
  6. jackprince

    jackprince Turning into a frog Senior Member

    Mar 30, 2009
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    Seema Andhra
    Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, does the name ring any bell? he is the one who said 'India needs Nuke-subs for prestige'. He seems to be the one who is masterful in putting his feet in his mouth.

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