The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a deal with an Israeli company to buy several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), a Russian deputy defense minister said on Friday.
The Russian business paper Kommersant reported on Tuesday that a contract signed with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) envisioned the purchase of the Bird-Eye 400 mini-UAV (weight - 5kg, range - 10 km), I-view MK150 tactical UAV (160 kg, 100 km), and Searcher Mk II medium-range UAV (426 kg, 250 km).
Kazakhstan's security service accused the defense ministry of buying defective military hardware from Israel on Monday
The Central Asian state's KNB service, the successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, said it was investigating a number of unnamed defense ministry officials on suspicion of purchasing faulty artillery and other defense systems from Israeli firms.
"These systems had not been completed properly, they are still in the phase of research and development," KNB spokesman Kenzhebulat Beknazarov told a briefing.
The government had incurred losses of $82 million as a result, he added.