Special report: Defense spending
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Iran launches a short-range Nasr missile on the last day of war games near the Strait of Hormuz on January 2, 2012. © Ebrahim Noroozi - AFP
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Andrew Freeman
Last updated: January 7, 2013

Middle East defence spending in brief

Israel - Technology
The Israeli army is now using robots which can climb stairs, fly and go through windows to take digital images. They can even detect the body heat of a hidden enemy.

UAE - Vehicles
Ras Al Khaimah
is now home to the world’s largest privately-owned armoured vehicle factory, worth over $54 million. It produces sedans, VIP vehicles and personnel carriers, all of which are capable of withstanding rifle fire and small explosions.

Israel & Egypt – Military Aid
The United States is the largest supplier to the Middle East, having already provided Israel and Egypt with $3 billion and $1.3 billion of annual foreign military financing respectively.

Iraq – Military Expenditure
Iraqi
military spending has increased by 212% from 2004 to 2011. This is the biggest increase in the region over the last few years and can be attributed to rebuilding the country’s security apparatus and the restarting of oil production following the invasion of Iraq.

Turkey - Technology
Turkey’s
navy and National Intelligent Organisation (MIT) have agreed to jointly acquire new state of the art ships to collect intelligence electronically from threats in the region. These ships can be used for finding secret radar installations, eavesdropping, decrypting sensitive information, jamming communications and spying on military transmissions. It will be used alongside Turkey’s new Gokturk surveillance satellites – due for launch in 2013 and 2014.

Turkey - Technology
Aselsan, a Turkish defence electronics company, has signed a $2.7 million contract with UAE company IGG to upgrade its facilities to produce Aselsan’s STAMP/STOP (STAbilised Machine gun Platform) weapons systems. The STAMP system consists of a 12.7mm machine gun, laser range finder, high-resolution infrared cameras and remote control systems, whilst the STOP system operates with a 40mm grenade launcher.                  

Saudi Arabia – Aircraft and Air Defence
The United States plans a $6.7 billion sale of 20 heavy cargo aircraft and five refueling planes to Saudi Arabia in a deal approved by Congress.

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