Greece will acquire drones from Israel to defend its borders, in the very first military deal between the two countries which includes an option to buy the system, Reuters reports.
The Israeli Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the agreement with the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense has now been signed, albeit digitally due to the coronavirus crisis.
Under the deal, Israel’s Defence Ministry will lease the Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, made by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries for three years.
The Heron system, which is used by Israel’s military and in naval forces around the world, is equipped with both day and night activity platforms, as well as maritime patrol radars and satellite communications.
It will be used by Greece primarily for border defense, the Israeli ministry said in a statement, adding that the security relationship between Israel and Greece is expanding.
“We hope to sign additional agreements with Greece as well as other European partners, assisting them in addressing security challenges – in times of the corona pandemic and beyond,” stated Yair Kulas, the head of Israel’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate.