World court Rishon LeZion rejected a second application of the newspaper «Maariv» and NGOs «Atslakha» on the lifting of a total ban on the publication of information about the investigation against defense company Aeronautics.
The decision was made by judge Amit Michels after the meeting behind closed doors with representatives of military censorship, the Israel police, defense and foreign policy structures.
According to the decree, the ban on the publication will remain in force until the new regulation.
Recall that in late August of 2017, the company Aeronautics has published stock exchange communiqué, according to which the division for export control in the Ministry of defence temporarily blocked a deal to supply an important client party UAV Orbitier K1 in the amount of $ 20 million.
The communiqué reported that the supply must be completed in 2017-2018. In 2016, purchases of this customer amounted to 20% of the income of the company and in 2015 18%.
The company does not name of the client, indicating at the same time that we are talking about a country with a credit rating of Ba according to Moody’s, with which Israel has very close economic ties. In addition, this country is a factory producing parts for UAVs under license from Aeronautics.
Note that among the clients of Aeronautics only two countries – Serbia and Azerbaijan – have a credit rating of Ba and of these, only Azerbaijan had an Aeronautics factory. At the same time directly Azerbaijan in a communiqué, the company is not specified.
Shortly before the publication of the communiqué, the newspaper «Maariv a-Shavua» wrote that the Israeli defense Ministry checks the information that the operators of the Israeli company Aeronautics Defense Systems refused to show opportunities of new unmanned equipment supplied to Azerbaijan, in the Armenian order.
Author Yossi Melman claimed that a complaint was filed in defense of Israel. In company Aeronautics Defense Systems has rejected the charges. The publication stated that the incident occurred when the arrived in Baku, the delegation Aeronautics Defense Systems to discuss the new contract for the supply of unmanned aerial vehicles, including so-called loitering munitions.
The article stated that the Azerbaijani military has asked that the possibilities of the new technology was demonstrated during actual combat against the Armenian army, and was refused. The article said that the Azerbaijani defense Ministry expected to publish broadcast the attack to show the power of its armed forces. «Maariv» reminded that, in accordance with the rules of the Ministry of defense of Israel, the Israeli arms suppliers have no right to directly or indirectly participate in hostilities on the territory of other countries, unless there are special orders of the Ministry of defense (which is rarely forthcoming).
According to «mA’ariv», employees of the Israeli company, refused to demonstrate the capabilities of UAVs during real action against the Armenian military, tried to pressure the heads of the delegations, but the operators did not obey. In the end, the attempt to use these UAVs did not lead to any casualties, although the goal and was amazed. One of the operators who answered no to the requirement to manage loitering munition in the attack on the Armenian military, later resigned from the company, and the second is going to retire soon, the newspaper in August of this year.
The Israeli defense Ministry then stated: «Usually, the Ministry does not comment about defense exports. Information verified by the relevant agencies at the Ministry.»
The press service of the company Aeronautics Defense Systems has categorically rejected contained in the complaint allegations and said: «the Company supplies its products to customers in 50 countries, solely in accordance with the licenses of Department of control of defense exports at the defense Ministry.» The statement stressed that the management is always carried out by the purchaser and is within his responsibility. «The company Aeronautics to never implementing a demonstration on live targets. The same applies to this case,» – said in a statement.
14 November 2017 the police imposed a ban on publishing any details of the investigation, which is the Department for combating economic crimes «Lahav 433» regarding delivery by the company Aeronautics party drones «major client.»
In early 2017, the company «AZAD systems» Azerbaijani industrial enterprises «Sharg» was launched licensed production of self-guided loitering munitions «Zarb». In fact we are talking about UAV «Orbiter-1K» Israeli company Aeronautics Defense Systems with a warhead.
UAV kamikaze «Orbiter-1K» is designed to deal with infantry and lightly armored mobile and stationary equipment of the enemy. A munition capable of detecting a target in a designated area, to escort her and destroy at the command of the operator at any time of the day. For this UAV is equipped with electro-optical observation system in the visible and infrared ranges and flight control, which provides a manual piloting device or automatic loitering on the program.
According to the Russian expert on unmanned systems Denis Fedutinov, Azerbaijan in recent years actively engaged in the procurement of various UAV systems and Assembly plant, some of them directly in the country. «First of all, the products of Israeli companies, among which, in addition to the Aeronautics, also Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems, BlueBird Aero Systems,» explained D. Fedutinov.