South Korea to buy Israeli radar system in $215 million deal
Seoul to install Oren Yarok for use by 2012; Mexico police buy Israeli air surveillance systems.
South Korea's military has decided to buy Israel's Oren Yarok (Green Pine) radar warning system, in a deal worth $215 million, according to a report in Sunday's Korea Times newspaper.
South Korea plans to install the system for operational use by 2012.
The United States and France also put in bids for the deal. The U.S., however, was only willing to sell South Korea a less advanced radar system.
The deal is one of the largest weapons sales ever between Israel and South Korea. Israel Aerospace Industries previously lost a tender to sell South Korea the Falcon radar warning system, after the U.S. pressured them to favor American companies.
Oren Yarok was developed by Elta, and is used as Israel's main warning system.
Mexico police buy Israeli air surveillance systems
Another Israeli firm, Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd., on Monday said it had won 22 million euros in contracts to supply Mexico's federal police with airborne surveillance systems.
Products sold include the Skystar 300, a blimp with on-board cameras offering 24-hour monitoring of surroundings, and the Orbiter, a miniature unmanned spy plane, Aeronautics said in a statement.