Jerusalem, April 28 (Saba) - Russia and Israel are said to be in talks for establishing an assembly line for the production of drones in Russia for the Israel Aerospace Industries at a cost of 200 million dollars, according to Qatar News Agency (QNA).
The Israeli Maariv newspaper said the assembly line will produce Search1 drones, pointing out that Russia was in need of 100 of the aircraft.
The newspaper said that Israel was seeking Washington's approval of the project and expected that Defence Minister Ehud Barak would get it during his current visit to Washington.
Russia, according to the paper, was also negotiating with Israel the purchase of batteries for Heron drones.
Russia had concluded a deal with Israel a year ago including 15 drones of Bird Eye and Searcher at a cost of 53 million dollars.
Maarif said Russia had invested 172 million dollars in developing a drone project that was a bust.