FlightGlobal.com reported that the US Administration vetoed further sales of Israeli-produced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russia.
According to knowledgeable sources, in the past month, Russian companies repeatedly contacted Israeli UAV producers, trying purchase more drones. However, after the Israeli Ministry of Defense verified the possible realization of such deals, it became clear that such agreements would be vetoed by America. Negotiations were suspended indefinitely.
Earlier, Russia bought about 20 Searcher Mk II UAVs from Israel. The drones, known in Russia as “Forpost”, were set up at the Urals Civil Aviation Plant. FlightGlobal noted that these UAVs were used by Russian servicemen in Syria.
Last week, Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Yury Borisov stated during a visit to the Urals Civil Aviation Plant that the purchase of about 30 “Forpost” complexes, each of which has three unmanned aerial vehicles, has been planned for the next 5-10 years.