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Russia to provide UAE with 'Kornet' missiles under $708 million arms deal

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:31
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. February 22, 2017, 12:56 PM (IDT)

Russia’s state-run weapons manufacturer will provide armor-piercing Kornet-E missiles to the UAE’s military under a huge arms deal worth more than $708 million. The deal with Rosoboronexport includes launchers that can fire four missiles simultaneously. The shoulder-fired missiles, which do not require line of sight, are effective against tanks, low-flying helicopters, bunkers and some types of explosive reactive armor. However, advanced versions of Israel’s “Trophy” defense system have been able to shoot down Kornet missiles fired at tanks. 

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