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Israel: Joint Exercises

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL13039, tabled on 22 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have invited the Israeli Air Force to join the Royal Air Force in Exercise Cobra Warrior in September 2019; and what consideration they gave, when awarding a contract to Elbit Systems UK, of the use of that company by the government of Israel.

Answered on

4 February 2019

Her Majesty's Government works closely with the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in order to counter the destabilising regional activity of Iran and Hezbollah, and to conduct operations against Daesh. The IDF also provides crucial access and overflight for the RAF to be able to conduct air operations in support of Op SHADER. Accordingly, in support of this important defence relationship, the RAF invited the Israeli Air Force to join Exercise COBRA WARRIOR, alongside RAF, German, and Italian Air Force Units.

The Exercise enables participating Air Forces to learn mutual lessons from operating together; just as the RAF does on exercise with many other Air Forces. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a contract with Elbit Systems UK for the MORPHEUS Battlefield Management Application. Under the contract Elbit Systems UK will provide the British Army with an operationally proven battle management application for both headquarters and tactical units. As with all MOD contractors, we assess the legal and financial status of a company before placing a contract, and take into account any other factors which may impact on delivery of the requirements.