Azerbaijan in talks with Israel over spy satellite

Wed 26 Oct 2011 05:22 GMT | 09:22 Local Time

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Azerbaijan and Israel are cultivating lively military and economic ties.

The two governments had reached terms on joint production of missile-carrying drones, Israel’s debka.com reports.

According to the debkafile’s military sources, within the next two months, the Azerbaijan army will take delivery of 60 drones of two types.

The site reports about the serious efforts made by the regional countries to get access to the Azerbaijan drone market.

'On a recent visit to Baku, the Secretary of Military Industry at the Turkish Defense Ministry, Murat Bayar, tried to persuade the government to buy its long-range Anka drone instead of the Israeli tactical aerial vehicle', the site said.

Israel’s Internet site reports that recently an Israel-made and operated drone with Azerbaijan Air Force markings was downed over the Nagorno Karabakh, and Armenians said the Azerbaijani drone had been brought down "as a result of “special measures”, but according to the DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military sources reporting the incident interpreted those “special measures” as a combination of Russian antiaircraft officers who visited Armenian and then Nagorno Karabakh.

According to the site, Western sources believe Moscow had the Azerbaijani drone shot down as a one-off incident for an objective to halt the spread of Israeli influence in the region.

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