Israel recently approved the export licenses for the possible sale of anti-drone jamming systems, Axios reports.
This is the first time since the beginning of the full-fledged war that Israel has approved defense export licenses for possible weapons sales to Ukraine.
Israeli and Ukrainian officials said that the export licenses had been approved by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in mid-February, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a review of Israel’s policy toward the war. According to Israeli officials, the review has been completed, but no new decisions have been made.
Eli Cohen notified Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the approval during his trip to Kyiv on February 16.
According to Israeli and Ukrainian officials, the licenses were approved for two Israeli developers of anti-drone systems, Elbit and Rafael.
Israel proposed that Ukraine buy electronic warfare systems to jam and down drones. The systems have a range of around 25 miles and can be positioned near power plants or other critical sites to protect them from drones.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry is interested in the systems, but they are viewed as less critical because Ukraine has been able to intercept the drones between 75–90% of the time, the Ukrainian officials said.
"What we really need is a defensive system against ballistic missiles," a Ukrainian official told Axios.
He said that a delegation from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense visited Israel recently to get a presentation on the anti-drone systems. No deal has been signed yet.
Earlier, at the opening of the tenth meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, nine countries pledged to provide more than 150 Leopard battle tanks.