If buying equipment from a foreign country is weak then there are no strong countries.
The US can't even design its own Tank armour... it currently modifies Dorchester armour, which replaces the Chobham armour they didn't develop either for their best tank... a tank that also uses a German gun and a Belgian coaxial machine gun... why can't the US make a decent machine gun?
Of course they could if they wanted to but when British tank armour is good, why waste time trying to develop their own from scratch?
At the end of the day the Russians need recon drones and they need them now. They already have some in service... they are Russian. The Israeli drones went to training units to train Russian military units to use drones and will likely never see front line service.
The Israelis refused to sell their latest drones... they clearly have an agreement with the UAE to buy some better drones than the Israelis are prepared to sell.
BTW very few countries actually make their own UAV aircraft... many just buy them from other countries like the US or Israel. The UK is one example of a country that buys its UAVs from the Middle East or the US and there are plenty more.
Garry:that is convincing , but how long it will take to put a serious programs for these eauipments ?
The Russians have already been working hard and spending money with Israeli drones used in training centres to develop tactics and train troops to operate these drones effectively. It has also been spending the money to introduce the C4IR network that these drones will contribute data into so that anything useful can lead to rapid action and information can be distributed rapidly to those that need it. The actual drones are a small piece of the puzzle, but like anything... it would not have taken Israel 3 decades and billions of dollars to master them if they were easy.
Buying these drones will get them into service much quicker than waiting for domestic producers to develop something that needs to be tested and integrated and changed and tested again etc etc. Now the bar has been set and the domestic producers just have to make something better than these new systems... it took a couple of years for them to master thermal imaging cameras... it will likely take a couple of years before they are at the leading edge of UCAV design too, but this purchase means the Russian military will not remain blind while it is waiting.
This is good for a middle country like India , Egypt , Turky ,but Russia is a superpower that sells a 15B$ military equipments , it's not reasonable to obtain these weapons from a middle country ( it is not about buing it now , it's about depending on those countries for indefinite period ).
The US seems to be OK relying on Italy for their personal sidearms, or Sweden for their rocket launchers.
Are you serious Russians? To buy thing like this?
What exactly is the problem?
The two wings should allow it to fly at medium and high altitude without having a wing that is so long it becomes a problem.
I really don't see any problem with the design... I am in fact surprised it is not a copy or imitation of another design, which is rather refreshing.
And a Russian member on MP specially made a thread for this news instead of putting it in that big Russian military news discussion thread in case the rest of the world don't know how Russians lose their faces and cannot come to laugh at Russian military industry in time.
What is there to laugh at?
Should Russian members be going to western forums and laughing at western militaries who can't seem to develop truck based ICBMs?
Or indeed the fact that the US has no way of getting humans up to the ISS without foreign help... even China has a rocket available to get up to the ISS but the US has only Russian rockets.
BTW I guess we can laugh at the US because the AAI RQ-2 Pioneer was an Israeli developed UAV that was used by the US Navy, US Marines and the US Army... the US company was AAI, but that is normal practise in the US where if you want a foreign piece of kit to enter US service you have to partner up with a US company to make it appear to be a US development, but of course it is all IAI developed.
When Russia compete with other contries for weapon export, the response can be "why should I buy your weapons, you even buy weapons from UAE yourself."
Why buy from Russia when Russia imports stuff? Name one country that imports nothing and I will buy you an ice cream.
(and don't say antarctica as they import almost everything...)]