Israel to speed up Russia's UAV order

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  1. A.V.

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    Israel plans to expedite production of unmanned aerial vehicles for Russia after Moscow announced last week it had decided to halt the sale of advanced MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria, The Jerusalem Post has learned.



    Under the $50 million deal, signed in April, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will supply Russia with some of its second-tier UAVs, including the Bird-Eye 400 mini-UAV, the I-view MK150 tactical UAV and the Searcher Mk II medium-range UAV. This is the first Israeli sale of military platforms to Russia.
    Officials said delivery of the UAVs would begin by the end of the year.
    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin is expected to visit Israel in the coming weeks to get a look at production. At a later stage, the deal is likely to include the sale of IAI's long-range Heron, which is capable of remaining airborne for over 50 hours at altitudes of up to 35,000 feet.



    Russia's interest in Israeli drones surfaced in late 2008 following the war in Georgia, during which Tbilisi operated Israeli-made drones. At the time, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau, visited Moscow and received assurances that Russia would not sell the S300 defense missile system to Iran, and would consider halting the sale of MiG-31s to Syria.
    Russia was supposed to sell eight MiG-31s to Syria, according to a report in the Kommersant newspaper. The $500m. deal was signed in early 2007, but work on the project was halted in April.


    Israel to speed up UAV order to Russia | Israel | Jerusalem Post
     
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  3. EnlightenedMonk

    EnlightenedMonk Member of The Month JULY 2009 Senior Member

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    Israeli pressure playing out in full view ???
     
  4. Su-47

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    The Russians know that Israeli UAVs are superior to theirs. They wanna get their hands on the latest UAV tech, since they are lagging behind in that department. So there is no surprise that Israel uses the UAVs as a bribe to stop Russia arming Syria. To the Russians these UAVs are worth way more than some paltry amount the Syrians will pay for those MiG-31s
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    This also shows that Israel is world leader in UAV tech, they have Unmanned ships and combat vehicles.
     
  6. Su-47

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    Israel is one of the leaders. USA still holds the crown. Just take a look at their Reaper UCAV and the Global Hawk UAV.
     

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