The reason why Israel are buying German and not Russian is that if they bought Russian, they'd have to pay full whack for them. As noted in the article, Germany are stumping up 1/3 of the costs.
As usual, Israel sticks its hand out for freebies.
Now there's a surprise......
Matelot, unfortunately in Australia we only received the more dramatic reports of the Canadians in a sea of trouble off Ireland and never got the follow up as to the cause. Let me guess, hatch left open?
I reckon that if I was a mad mullah in Iran and was confident that I could target all Israels land based systems and airfields in a combined conventional and nuke attack I might suddenly be brought up short by the thought that Israel had a seperate, unlocatable system lurking off my coastline. A credible deterent is defensive.