Israel’s Elbit to make land surveillance system for Cyprus

Nov 8, 2021

The governments of Israel and Cyprus signed an agreement Thursday to develop a land surveillance system that would see Elbit Systems create the platform.

The deal was signed by Yair Kulas, the head of the Israel Defense Ministry’s Directorate for International Defense Cooperation, known as SIBAT, and his Cypriot counterpart.

The Israeli ministry would not provide more information, including the contract value. But Lt. Col. Christos Pieris, a spokesperson for the Cypriot Defence Ministry, was quoted by Bloomberg as saying the system would be developed over three years for a value of $32 million. Elbit would not confirm that information.

Kulas met with the secretary of the Cypriot Defence Ministry, Andreas Louka, and the Israeli government said they discussed the “expansion of defense cooperation between the respective defense establishments.” Cyprus released a similar statement.

Reports have surmised the system will be for the Green Line in Cyprus, which divides the island between the Turkish-administered northern part and the government of Cyprus. As such, the contract has received attention in Turkey.

Israel-Cyprus relations have grown in recent years.

Israeli drone-maker Aeronautics also reportedly sold drones to Cyprus in 2019. And in June 2020, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met his Cypriot counterpart, Nikos Christodoulides, to discuss increased trilateral energy cooperation with Greece — a reference to an Eastern Mediterranean pipeline agreement.

In February 2021, then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to discuss opportunities for working on “peace and security” issues.

Additionally, Israeli commandos have trained in Cyprus, and there were recent reports about a joint military drill in Israeli media.

Read also:
Gareth Porter: More on Trump’s First Term Foreign Policy Record

We remind our readers that publication of articles on our site does not mean that we agree with what is written. Our policy is to publish anything which we consider of interest, so as to assist our readers  in forming their opinions. Sometimes we even publish articles with which we totally disagree, since we believe it is important for our readers to be informed on as wide a spectrum of views as possible.

Also read

European Parliament’s Report on Pegasus spyware indicates involvement of North Macedonia companies