Bulgaria PM suggests joint drone manufacture with Israel

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Reuters Bulgaria Jun 13, 2018, 04.16 PM (IST)

Bulgaria is interested in joint unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) production with Israel, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said on Wednesday.

"I do hope that all the peace agreements are signed. But also here I would like to broach the topic of Hi-tech and the possibility of maybe partnering up and manufacturing together products in the area of defence, Hi-tech in the area of defence. Especially maybe focusing on this new state of the art, weapons or means of facilitating defence and mainly the drones," Borisov told reporters before meeting his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Israel rivals the United States as a top UAV exporter and has cooperated with Russia and India on drone technologies.

UAVs accounted for 2 percent of Israel's defence sales in 2017, according to government data released last month. Total defence sales in 2017 were valued at $9.2 billion.