Five Israeli weapons that Russia wants – Israel is at the forefront of advances in weapons technology, while Russia struggles to maintain its vital and healthy national innovation system.
Five Israeli weapons that Russia wants
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – In many ways, Israel and Russia have taken opposing approaches to national security. Israel is at the forefront of advances in weapons technology, while Russia has struggled to maintain its vital and healthy national innovation system.
Nevertheless, Russia and Israel have substantially increased their military cooperation in recent years, a trend that has made the United States somewhat nervous. Israeli drones were operated by Russian forces in the Ukrainian war, and Israeli electronics have helped improve Russian systems.
Here are Five Israeli weapons that Russia wants
Here are five Israeli defense capabilities that Russia wants to have, as Robert Farley summarized in The National Interest:
DEFENSE OF WEALTH
Although the USSR helped pioneer the first anti-ballistic missile system, Russian technology has lagged behind the West, and especially Israel. The United States and Israel (which often collaborate) have devoted enormous resources to the development of defense systems against a wide range of ballistic missiles.
In the United States, these efforts have largely focused on medium- and long-range ballistic missiles. In Israel, the focus is on a range of threats, including low-tech and cheap rockets.
Ballistic projections do not represent a major threat to Russia at this time, but if Russia’s efforts to improve its air defense network continue to be successful, these missiles may once again represent NATO’s main deterrent. If so, the anti-ballistic missile system will again become a key component of Russia’s defense strategy.
Russia has some high quality anti-tank ammunition, such as the “Kornet” 9M133 missile, designed to kill tanks such as the Merkava, Abrams and Challenger II. Hornets damaged several Western tanks at the beginning of the Iraq war and in the 2006 Israeli war against Hezbollah.
The Israeli SPIKE family of missiles has capabilities that many variants of the Kornet do not have. SPIKE can attack enemy tanks where it is most vulnerable. In addition, SPIKE has proven to be very flexible, with a variety of different delivery platforms.
INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE AND REVIEW (ISR)
The experience of the war in Gaza, the 2006 conflict against Hezbollah, and the current occupation of the West Bank have provided Israel with an unparalleled ability to integrate information into its operations on the front lines. This integration has an administrative component (the various organizations that makeup Israel’s national defense are very efficient in sharing and implementing information), as well as a technological aspect.
Using a variety of electronic and tactical flight systems, Israel has developed an unparalleled ability to create a battle space image. These systems include biometric storage networks, unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced optical systems, among others. These surveillance and intelligence systems could be of great use to Russia in its operations in Syria, Chechnya, Ukraine and elsewhere.
Russia has many excellent and professional soldiers. But Russia lacks a functional recruitment system that can identify and train the most capable potential soldiers from its population. Russia’s mandatory military system has been a disaster, with many potential candidates more capable of escaping recruitment. Their training experience was also increasingly brutal.
Israel’s recruitment system, on the other hand, remains one of the healthiest in the world. Despite objections from various parties, Israel’s national service program continues to effectively utilize the country’s best human resources. Unfortunately, Israel is clearly unable to export the fundamentals of this system to Russia.