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Russia, Israel Negotiating Joint-UAV Project

Russia and Israel are negotiating a joint project to build an unmanned aerial vehicle, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.

“We are negotiating with Israel. Our aim is to persuade them to start
technological cooperation and to develop a product that will be used in
both countries, and could also be sold to third countries,” Rogozin said
in an interview with the Rossia-24 TV channel.
Russia will no
longer buy ready-made weapon systems in the West but is only interested
in new technology, said Rogozin, who is responsible for Russia’s
military-industrial complex.
“Technology should be attracted by localizing production on Russian territory,” Rogozin noted.

In mid-May a source in the Russian defense industry said Moscow may buy
a large new consignment of unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel and 24
command and control systems worth around $50 million in the foreseeable

Israel Aerospace Industries previously delivered to
Russia two Bird Eye-400, eight I-View Mk150 and two Searcher Mk.2 UAVs,
totaling $53 million.
“The Defense Ministry is considering the
possibility of purchasing from the Israeli company Aeronautics Defense
Systems of three types of UAV control systems (eight each): Orbiter 2,
Aerostar и Skystar,” the source said.
Given that each such
system can service two to three UAVs, “between 48 and 72 Israeli UAVs
may be bought,” he said, adding that the consensus within the Russian
defense department seems to be that these systems are essential until
the domestic industry develops and starts large scale manufacturing of
similar systems at home.