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Israel does not stop arms supply to Georgia2008-12-09 11:57
It was mentioned on the Ossetian TV and radio site.
In particular it is reported that the Israeli group "Rafael" continues shipping «Spyder-SR» close-range SAM systems and guided air-to-air missiles.
Military information collection and distribution systems and equipment for signal intelligence are shipped as well. "Israel Military Industries" group plans to supply the Georgian army with the state-of-the-art "Lynx" MLRS. Their predecessors - Lar-160/Gradlar MLRS are in the inventory of the Georgian army that used them during the military operation in August.
First attempts at selling Israeli arms to Georgia go back to 1991 shortly after proclamation of independence of the republic. But they ended in failure: the parties did not agree to the price. The actual shipments began seven years ago. With Mikheil Saakashvili coming to power the Israeli arms rushed to Georgia in a torrent.
The logistic structure was rather simple. Following the "Rose revolution" Georgia obtained American grants for "development of democracy". Part of the funds coming from the US went straight to the military budget and returned to the US military industrial complex and their closest allies in the form of orders. For instance 6 RM-70 122-mm MRS, 24 DANA self-propelled howitzers and 70 T-72 tanks were purchased from the Czech Republic. Bosnia and Herzegovina sold 5 262-mm long-range M-87 Orkan MLRS to Georgia. The list of suppliers also includes Bulgaria (trench mortars and antitank weapons systems) and Greece (trench mortars).
However forward-looking Israeli limited their military and technical partnership by shipping "non-offensive armament". It was quickly understood in Tel-Aviv that supplies of tanks and jets to Georgia might have negative consequences. Like procurement of Russian "Shkval" and "Uragan" MLRS by Syria and Iran. When Tbilisi requested 300 "Merkava" tanks the Israeli gave a downright refusal. In fact this didn't preclude them from being number two in the list of military suppliers. The leadership is held by Ukraine. Yushenko spared nothing for Saakashvili. Even his own profit. Kiev supplied Tbilisi with 90 T-72 tanks, 7 Mi-24 attack helicopters, self-propelled artillery mounts and air defense system elements - radiolocators and surface-to-air missile systems by dumping prices. That is why this autumn Ukraine is roaring with a huge arms scandal.
The relations between Tel-Aviv and Moscow grew just a bit cooler.