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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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