Russia's defense establishment has decided to buy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Israel after being impressed by their capabilities during the recent armed conflict in Georgia.
The Georgian army made effective use of its Israeli-made drones as Russian forces invaded the country earlier this year in response to fighting in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
According to Russian defense officials cited by Ha'aretz, a number of generals then impressed on their superiors the need for the Russian army to also deploy advanced drones. Currently without the technology or infrastructure to manufacture the drones itself, Russia will satisfy itself by purchasing Israeli models.
The proposed deal is being hailed by Israeli commentators, who note that Russia has never before purchased major military hardware from Israel.