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Israel Sells Drones, Missiles To Azerbaijan

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Israeli defense officials on February 26 confirmed a deal to sell Azerbaijan drones, antiaircraft, and missile defense systems for some $1.6 billion.

Azerbaijan's contract is with the state-run Israel Aerospace Industries. Israeli defense officials, speaking under condition of anonymity, said the deal had been in the works for some time and was not a response to Iran's nuclear development program or recent attempts, allegedly by Iranian agents, to kill Israeli diplomats in India, Thailand, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Israeli media reported late last year that there was a deal for Israel to sell 60 drones of two types to Azerbaijan and that in September 2011 there were discussions about joint Israeli-Azerbaijani construction of drones with missiles.

Also in September 2011, an Israeli-built drone with Azerbaijani Air Force markings was reportedly shot down over the disputed Nagorno-Karabkah enclave claimed by both Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Iran's Foreign Ministry earlier this month accused Baku of allowing Israel's spy agency Mossad to operate in Azerbaijan, which shares, including the Naxchivan enclave, a border with Iran more than 600 kilometers long.

The news of Israel's sale of the military equipment comes as tensions over Iran's nuclear program are reaching critical levels. A team from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited Iran on February 20-21 and returned saying Iran had stepped up work on enriching uranium and that there were serious concerns about "possible military dimensions" to Iran's nuclear program.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about those concerns at a February 26 session of the Israeli cabinet. Netanyahu promised he would raise them in meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama when Netanyahu travels to Washington later this week.

Netanyahu said, "There is no doubt that one topic shall be at the center of our discussions: Iran and the continuing strengthening of its nuclear program." Netanyahu said statements from the IAEA team after their visit to Iran "proves Israel's correct assessments, that Iran is continuing to advance in quick steps in its nuclear program, in defiance and blatantly ignoring decisions taken by the world community."

Iran insists its nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes but some governments, particularly Western governments, dismiss this and point to Iran's unwillingness to fully cooperate with international inspectors. Western countries have imposed a series of sanctions against Iran due to these concerns.

Based on AP and Reuters reporting
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
February 27, 2012 10:15
`Israel sells` -?????There must be a mistake here dear RFE/RL shall I say `Muslim` bros and sis from Prague,knowing the israeli disdain for money and all things material-they are known all over the world for their idealism and they are giving it all away out of pure and unadulterated love for humanity.But the point here is that all the drones and arms in the world wont help the poor hapless azeris nor will they hurt Iran-they will just backfire on well you know who,but then we can blame the armenians.

by: Dog Bar from: Earth
February 27, 2012 12:52
Yet again the pretend state of Isreal
is selling arms to other nations
This should be Out Lawed,
What right do they have by stiring up even more hatred.
The Isrealies should be sanctioned and confined to thier state
like the peoples of Gazza are. Isreal, Gazza the biggest concentration camp on Earth.
What does Isreal think that they are going to again by spying
on Iran, America and Nato are doing that already.
with little or no success.

by: George from: US
February 27, 2012 19:02
If it is for Armenia, Armenia will shoot them down and Israel will make more money by selling more to Azeris. Poor Azerbaijani people. The money should be invested to bring the live standard of Azeri people up.
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by: Jill from: US
February 28, 2012 10:10
Armen, look up! It's too late!
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
February 28, 2012 16:12
What do they need drones for as they can Jilly in a `manned` contraption -that would be mucho mucho cheaper.
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by: George from: US
February 28, 2012 16:40
What is too late?
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by: Icase from: Lyon
February 28, 2012 19:38
The UAVs are sold with missiles. Armenian S300 cannot afford to shoot down or to ignore the UAVs with missiles.
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by: George from: US
February 29, 2012 00:41
FYI: Armenians have already shot one a year ago! use the link! They did not even use s300s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elbit_Hermes_450

Trust me Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is already Armenia as it was before communist gave it to Azeris. They are very well trained and waiting but keep in mind that the army is defense army just protecting their homes. They do not want war but if Azeris decide to attack then ...

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