Azerbaijan has agreed to buy $1.6 billion weapons from Israel including drone missile system 2702123
- Posted On
Defense News - Azerbaijan
|Monday, February 27, 2012, 03:30 PM|
|Azerbaijan has agreed to buy $1.6 billion weapons from Israel including drone and missile systems.|
Azerbaijan has agreed to buy $1.6 billion in weapons from Israel, a massive deal that is likely Azerbaijan's largest single arms purchase ever. The deal will include drones, anti-aircraft and missile defense systems, Israeli officials have told news agencies.
Army of Azerbaijan is already equipped with Israeli weapons as the Lynx MRLS Mulltiple Rocket Launcher System.
The sales by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries come at a delicate time. Israel has been laboring hard to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems to be growing increasingly hostile to the Jewish state.
Its most pressing concern is Iran's nuclear program, and Israeli leaders have hinted broadly they would be prepared to attack Iranian nuclear facilities if they see no other way to keep Iran from building bombs.
For Israeli intelligence, there is also a possible added benefit from Azerbaijan: Its significant cross-border contacts and trade with Iran's large ethnic Azeri community. The CIA World Factbook estimates Iranian Azeris make up nearly 16 million, or 24 percent of Iran's population.