Israel to Cancel UAV deal with Russia over Syria arms sale

Israel may tear up much of theunprecedented military cooperation deal it signed with Moscow at thestart of this month due to anger over Moscow's rigid stance onsupplying naval missiles to Israel's enemy Syria.

"We will have to reconsider allproposed deals with Russia. Moscow did not show the necessaryunderstanding of our requests," a senior Israeli defense source quotedon aviation business magazine Flight International's website said onThursday.

Earlier this week, Moscow confirmed itwould supply P-800 Yakhont supersonic naval cruise missiles to Syria,despite vociferous Israeli objections to the deal which was signed in2007.

The first victim of the fallout couldbe Russia and Israel's planned $300 million deal to set up an unmannedair vehicle (UAV) manufacturing facility in Russia.
Russia has spent around $50 million onIsraeli-built UAVs this year to train operators and develop tactics forusing 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.

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