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Switzerland set to purchase Israel drones

Swiss government approves purchase of six Hermes 900 drones from Israel’s Elbit systems, despite attempts in the country to scuttle the deal due to the drone’s alleged use in targeted killings in Gaza.

Udi Etsion

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks and facing the constant threat of terror, European countries have begun seeking out new intelligence and cyber capabilities, some of which are provided by Israel.

The Europeans are interested in Israeli-designed systems for public security, intelligence gathering, and data collection from social media.


Nearly a year ago, the Swiss Defense Ministry chose Israeli defense firm Elbit systems as the primary provider for its intelligence gathering drones.


A new deal signed between the company and the Swiss government has the Israeli company providing six new Hermes 900 drones, as well as advanced ground control



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