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INSIGHT - Russia/Israel/Georgia/Mexico - defense deals and swaps

Released on 2012-02-27 15:00 GMT

Email-ID 64027
Date 2009-02-26 04:37:21
Please see insight message further below for more context
PUBLICATION: No, but ask first
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: MX301 - Former Mexican cop, Latam military analyst,
writes for Jane's
Met with my Mexican source/friend again today and dude is getting shadier
by the day. We followed up on our past discussion on Russia compromising
the Israeli-made Georgian UAVs prior to the August war.
Here is what else I learned
One of the source's friends/colleagues -- formerly military i think but
now does private defense deals on the side (it's Mexico) contacted him in
July (prior to the Georgia war). Apparently the Georgians had contacted
this guy because they were frantically looking for a replacement for the
Israeli UAVs that were compromised. Not only that, but they asked for
10,000 rounds of ammo (source was talking fast, so i dunno if this is
exactly what he said) but something like 6.22 mm rounds, 'NATO standard'
because the Chinese ammo that the Georgians had only went 400 yards. Also
on the list was a request for 2 bell helicopters. The Georgians were
pretty much looking for anyone who would sell to them and were willing to
pay top dollar (shows how frantic the Georgians were in July knowing that
war is coming). My source put the other guy in touch with a private
defense contractor to make the deal but ended up getting screwed over with
the commission.
Here is the most interesting part:
I inquired more about the compromised Israeli UAVs. What he explained was
that Israel and Russia made a swap -- Israel gave Russia the 'data link'
code for those specific UAVs; in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for
Iran's Tor-M1s.
I asked about the S-300 (source tracks a lot of defense deals for Jane's).
He doesn't think the Russians will give it to the Iranians. Besides, he
said... Israel and Turkey have been collaborating very closely on the
S-300s. He explain how about 8 years ago when Russia sold S-300s to Greece
to base in Crete (which were supposed to protect Cyprus), Russia delivered
those with a carrier so that Turkey wouldn't try to sink them. (things got
a bit noisy so i may have misheard some of this). The gist of what he said
is that Turkey has been cracking the S-300 since the Crete sale and has
been sharing intel on the S-300 with the Israelis to ensure that they
retain an advantage over Iran should Iran get them from the Russians.
as far as the Georgian UAVs go, they were interested in the Mexican ones
because the Mexican UAVs had something (forget the name. it was
auto-something' that basically backs up teh UAV system in case someone
hacks into it and immediately returns the UAV to base.
Previous insight:
PUBLICATION: ask me first
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: MX301 - Former Mexican cop, Latam military analyst,
writes for Jane's
I was getting a drink with my Mexican cop friend after class and we
started talking about Mexican UAVs. He has been advising the government
for the past couple years on the need for more UAV use for the military
against the cartels. I read one of his policy memos on paper that was
pretty technobabbly, but if you guys need any info on this, he's the guy.
The army and the navy have UAV capability, though the army doesn't really
take them all that seriously. Recently (like a year ago) the federalistas
(fed police) started using them too.
Ok, here's the really juicy part:
There is a private Mexican company called Idra that the government funded
to make UAVs. They are actually pretty high standard according to him and
beat out the Israeli UAVs in testing. My friend was consulting Idra at the
time and so he was privy to a lot of deals that were on the table. This is
the story --
The Mexican government is now paying some $25m (? can get the #s later)
for UAVs from Israel. Idra is basically like WTF, but the reason is
basically corruption. There is a deal b/w the Mexican interior ministry
and the Israelis where they're getting a hefty kickback.
This is the interesting part, though.
Idra had an offer to sell UAVs to Georgia (this was happening during and
after the war). The reason Georgia needed the UAVs is because the UAVs
they had bought from Israel had been compromised by the Russians. The
Russians got the data link for the UAV (there is some suspicion that the
Israelis after the war may have given this to them. Remember all the
intense mtgs b/w the Israelis and the Russians where the Russians got the
Israelis to back off of defense deals to Georgia in return for Russia
backing off Iran?). Anyway, the Georgians gave Idra a picture of one of
their crashed UAVs. The source explained though that if the UAV were
targeted, it would have been blown to pieces pretty much (it's like the
size of a car basically). But the picture he saw showed the UAV intact. He
inquired and basically what happened was that the Russians acquired the
data link to hack into the system and force the UAV into the ground. I
think they may have crashed another one too.
So, since the Georgian UAVs were compromised, they then tried to sell them
to the Azerbaijanis. I dont know if that deal went through. Idra backed
off the deal to Georgia because they were advised that it would raise a
lot of political complications between Mexico and Russia.
I asked about other deals between Idra and foreign countries. Chavez was
the first one who wanted to buy their UAVs. The source advised them to not
have their first foreign sale be to someone like Chavez for political
Can get follow-up info if anyone is interested. I just thought this was a
fun little story.