Israel to Cancel UAV deal with Russia over Syria arms sale

Israel may tear up much of the
unprecedented military cooperation deal it signed with Moscow at the
start of this month due to anger over Moscow’s rigid stance on
supplying naval missiles to Israel’s enemy Syria.
“We will have to reconsider all
proposed deals with Russia. Moscow did not show the necessary
understanding of our requests,” a senior Israeli defense source quoted
on aviation business magazine Flight International’s website said on
Thursday.
Earlier this week, Moscow confirmed it
would supply P-800 Yakhont supersonic naval cruise missiles to Syria,
despite vociferous Israeli objections to the deal which was signed in
2007.
The first victim of the fallout could
be Russia and Israel’s planned $300 million deal to set up an unmanned
air vehicle (UAV) manufacturing facility in Russia.
Russia has spent around $50 million on
Israeli-built UAVs this year to train operators and develop tactics for
using modern systems.
It has also expressed interest in buying more Israeli UAV systems, including the IAI Heron.
The Russian forces have previously expressed dissatisfaction with locally manufactured UAVs.