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Israel back to old tricks?2010-02-15 22:49
According to Russian special services Israel supplies Georgia with pilotless drones and not only. An unnamed source reports that under the contract signed with Cyprus-registered Ropadia Ltd (Israel) the company plans to ship a large lot of small arms to Tbilisi via Arsenal company (Bulgaria). As we know Israeli President Shimon Peres stated there are no supplies of offensive arms to the Georgian side. Given the circumstances can official Tel Aviv be trusted?
Israel is one of the world's official biggest arms exporters. The country's military and industrial complex comprises over 200 state and private enterprises earning 3.6-bn profit annually. Israeli arms are characteristically hi-tech with engineering funded by the USA. Besides there are nearly 2,000 persons in the country whose connections around the globe are wide. With time arms business has grown into the main income item for Israel. Practically always upgraded arms were shipped to Sri-Lanka, Burma, and sometimes a customer could get the goods despite UN imposed embargo like in Eritrea and Rwanda.
Last summer after Russian-Georgian conflict the Israeli arms were found in South Caucasus. As established, Georgian T-72-SIM-1 tanks underwent considerable modernization mediated by Israel including implementation of GPS satellite orientation system, a thermal imager and a friend-foe recognition system. Nonetheless, most tanks were used in second echelon with the Georgian commandment saving them for "a better time". The time didn't come though. Israeli real-time centers of fire organization supposed to coordinate air and artillery blows in support of infantry troops and tanks were not used either. It seems their interaction with other units of Georgian army was poor.
The topic of Israel-effected upgrade of tanks, now trophies of the Russian army in South Caucasus, was highlighted in the media in autumn. It is rumored that the fact might affect Moscow-Tel-Aviv relations. Israeli President Shimon Peres paid a visit to Dmitry Medvedev's Sochi residence in August. The country leaders discussed the situation in the Middle East and Iran. In follow-up of the visit Peres highlighted: "We don't supply Georgia with offensive arms believing it an irresponsible step". The leader claims to be on friendly terms with both - Russia and Georgia - and have a totally negative attitude to war.
Some information sources report that at the meeting of the country leaders a non-official agreement was signed between Moscow and Tel-Aviv binding Israel to stop military cooperation with Georgia and forcing Russia to halt exports of C-300 missile systems to Iran in exchange.