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Russia signs deal to buy Israeli drones

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

Russian media have reported the deal is worth about $50 million and that Russia will buy the drones from Israel’s largest defence firm, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). IAI officials declined to comment.

Russia’s five-day war with neighbouring Georgia last August exposed a Soviet-style army with obsolete equipment and a lack of spy drones and high-precision bombs, analysts said.

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He added that Russia wanted to study the technology of the drones in an effort to improve its own pilotless planes, which came under criticism during the Georgia conflict.

Mr Popovkin said Russia had used a Tipchak drone during the fighting with Georgia, but that it had “very many problems”, RIA-Novosti reported.

“You could hear it flying from 100km away,” RIA-Novosti quoted him as saying. “It returned all shot up.”

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The man who bribed Indians for Israeli arms sales

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

According to the reports, Choudrie and companies he owns are suspected of receiving large illegal commissions from billion-dollar arms deals involving Israeli arms sales to the Indian armed forces.

During the past year, Israel has overtaken France into second place (after Russia) in terms of arms supplies to India. In nearly 15 years of close defense collaboration between the two countries, Israel has sold arms, technical knowledge and advanced systems worth about $8 billion to New Delhi. During the past three years the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted two major investigations against Choudrie and other arms dealers, who are suspected of receiving illegal commissions from Israeli firms, which they then supposedly used to bribe senior officials in the Indian army and navy. The deals, which were signed over a decade ago, also allegedly involved former Indian defense minister George Fenandes and concerned upgrading Indian artillery by the Israeli gun maker Soltam, and the sales of Barak sea-based air-defense missiles made by Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael.

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