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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Israel - Russia joint venture to produce drones

A Russian website is reporting that Israel and Russia are planning a joint venture to produce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones (Hat Tip: Will).
State Technology Corporation Rostekhnologii plans to establish a joint venture with Israel Airspace Industry for the production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Russian corporation's head said on Wednesday.

"We have already bought 15 drones for testing and we do not rule out a joint production of UAVs with Israel," Sergei Chemezov told RIA Novosti.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin said earlier that Russia had spent about 5 billion rubles ($172 million) on the development of drones, which eventually failed their tests.

Russian Air Force commander Col.Gen. Alexander Zelin said last November that Russian UAVs do not satisfy the requirements in speed, altitude or their specifications.

The Russian military has stressed the need to provide the Armed Forces with advanced reconnaissance systems in the wake of a brief military conflict with Georgia in August 2008, when the effectiveness of Russian military operations was severely hampered by the lack of reliable intelligence.

According to various estimates, the Russian military needs up to 100 UAVs and at least 10 guidance systems to ensure effective battlefield reconnaissance.
I'm not thrilled about this.

Forget that Russia is helping Iran to build its nuclear plants. Since when do WE abandon allies?


At 10:36 PM, Blogger Ayende Rahien said...

Why do you say that we abandon our allies?
What ally do we abandon here?

At 11:32 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

Russian hardware is 1990s stuff, no profit there for Israel

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Ayende Rahien,

Georgia was an ally of Israel until the Russian invasion in the summer of '08. Much of its military was trained by Israeli contractors.

At 11:42 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

It goes to show Israel is just as realpolitik in its business dealings like every one else. Money after all, has no conscience.

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Ayende Rahien said...

There is a distinction between Israeli contractors & Israel.

I actually see it as a way to get closer to the Russian.
And also as a sign to the USA. "You aren't the only big guy around"

At 11:58 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

It's a mistake for Israel to continue to treat Russia like an ally. That is unless of course Israel is secretly building an override system in the weaponry it sells to the big Rasha..

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

I am very skeptic about this alliance with Russia. To hope that Russians will all of a sudden become grateful to Israel and stop their antisemitic politics is just plain stupid. Putin will on the one hand have this joint venture, and on the other hand will sell weapons to Arabs and vote against Israel in the UN.


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