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Arms Sold:

Kfir Combat Aircraft

Litening

Educational Cyber Security Services Center

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South Africa

Introduction:


Israel has been an important supplier of arms and military technology for South Africa since 1977, when it refused to abide by the arms embargo on South Africa during the Apartheid. Since the year 2000 Israel arms export to South Africa includes mainly radar systems, aircraft pods, riot vehicles and cyber security services.

Israel – South Africa Relations:

 

The first official visit of an Israeli prime minister since the end of apartheid happened in 2004, when Ehud Olmert met with South African president Thabo Mbeki.[1]

Regarding Israel and South African trade, the income from Israeli export to South Africa stood on $219m in 2018 with machinery, electronics, chemicals and metals being the main goods being exported. [2]

In April 2019 South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel following clashes between Israeli military forces and protesters in Gaza. The embassy in Israel, was downgraded to a liaison office and doesn’t have a political mandate, not trade mandate and development cooperation mandate. [3]

Military Relations:

 

Israel has been the most important supplier of arms and military technology to South Africa since the 1977 UN mandatory embargo. Israel truly began its role as a key international arms dealer in 1977 when it refused to abide by the arms embargo on South Africa.[4].

Links have deepened in the 1980s, when Israeli military exports to South Africa have been increas­ing in the form of military technology and services while South Africa has apparently provided Israel with test sites for nuclear weapons and has directed investment toward Israel. [5]

The largest deal was reportedly signed in the summer of 1988. Israel sold South Africa 60 Kfir combat planes that were no longer in use by the Israel Air Force. These were substantially upgraded and put to use by South Africa’s air force and renamed the Atlas Cheetah. The deal was worth $1.7 billion, an unprecedented sum. Israel joined the international sanctions in 1987 but announced that it would honor existing arms deals. The Kfir deal was therefore presented as an existing deal. In 1991, U.S. pressure forced Israel to halt deals with South Africa, and Yitzhak Shamir’s government was forced to sign a commitment not to export short and midrange missiles. Still, the United States didn’t interfere with the Kfir-Cheetah deal and the jets were made operative by South Africa’s air force.[6]

Between 2000-2020 Israel delivered aircraft targeting pods, radars, anti-riot vehicles and cyber security technologies and training centers to South Africa.

Arms Fairs:

AAD – African Aerospace and Defence 2018: Bet Shemesh Engines

Usage of Israeli Arms:

 

Litening III targeting pod – used by South African Air Force on JAS-39 (Saab JAS 39 Gripen) Combat aircraft.

EL/M-2208 air search radar – used by South African Navy on Saar 4.5 Warrior-class offshore patrol vessel, that Israeli exported to South Africa at 1974.

Human Rights Violations:

 

Despite South Africa’s strong constitutional protections for human rights, public confidence in the government’s willingness to tackle human rights violations, corruption and respect for the rule of law has eroded.

The government has failed to ensure that children with disabilities have access to a quality education. In 2018, almost 600,000 children with disabilities remained out of school.[7]

Deadly systematic xenophobic violence against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants rised, partly driven by years of impunity for past attacks and failures in the criminal justice system that have left this vulnerable group exposed and unprotected[8]. In 2019 violence by South Africans against foreign nationals erupted in different locations and occasions causing the death of more than 12 people. More than 200 foreign truck drivers were killed between 2018-2019 based on research by the Road Freight Association[9]. No one has been convicted for the outbreaks of xenophobic violence as of December 2019.[10] Regarding police violence, the independent police investigative directorate (IPID) recorded 393 cases of deaths in police custody in its 2018-2019 report. 124 cases of rape by police officers as well as 270 cases of torture were also reported. [11]

Its commitment to human rights and international justice in its foreign policy practice remains in question.

Sales Records Table:

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Product
Company
Year
Deal Size
Comments
Source
Three EL/M-2208 air search radars
IAI/Elta
1996 (1999-2000)
for JAS-39 combat aircraft
Sipri
10 Litening III EO Aircraft System
2009 (2010-2012)
“for JAS-39 combat aircraft South Africa”
Sipri
10 Water Canon anti-riot vehicles
Beit Alpha Technologies (BAT)
2007
for South African Police Services (SAPS)
Educational Cyber Security Services Center
Gold n’ Links
2016
$5m
https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4772433,00.html
thermal imaging cameras and thumb-print scanners
Gold n’ Links
2018
participation in project “Connected Conservation” in national resort
https://www.israeldefense.co.il/he/node/34157, https://www.businessinsider.co.za/a-private-reserve-on-the-borders-of-the-kruger-stopped-poaching-in-its-tracks-2018-5
Car Security technologies and services
Gold n’ Links
2018
$2.25m
for 1500 governmental cars of botswana government
https://www.israeldefense.co.il/he/node/36402

South Africa

Israel has been an important supplier of arms and military technology for South Africa since 1977, when it refused to abide by the arms embargo on South Africa during the Apartheid. Since the year 2000 Israel arms export to South Africa includes mainly radar systems, aircraft pods, riot vehicles and cyber security services.

The first official visit of an Israeli prime minister since the end of apartheid happened in 2004, when Ehud Olmert met with South African president Thabo Mbeki.[1]

Regarding Israel and South African trade, the income from Israeli export to South Africa stood on $219m in 2018 with machinery, electronics, chemicals and metals being the main goods being exported. [2]

In April 2019 South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel following clashes between Israeli military forces and protesters in Gaza. The embassy in Israel, was downgraded to a liaison office and doesn’t have a political mandate, not trade mandate and development cooperation mandate. [3]

Israel has been the most important supplier of arms and military technology to South Africa since the 1977 UN mandatory embargo. Israel truly began its role as a key international arms dealer in 1977 when it refused to abide by the arms embargo on South Africa.[4].

Links have deepened in the 1980s, when Israeli military exports to South Africa have been increas­ing in the form of military technology and services while South Africa has apparently provided Israel with test sites for nuclear weapons and has directed investment toward Israel. [5]

The largest deal was reportedly signed in the summer of 1988. Israel sold South Africa 60 Kfir combat planes that were no longer in use by the Israel Air Force. These were substantially upgraded and put to use by South Africa’s air force and renamed the Atlas Cheetah. The deal was worth $1.7 billion, an unprecedented sum. Israel joined the international sanctions in 1987 but announced that it would honor existing arms deals. The Kfir deal was therefore presented as an existing deal. In 1991, U.S. pressure forced Israel to halt deals with South Africa, and Yitzhak Shamir’s government was forced to sign a commitment not to export short and midrange missiles. Still, the United States didn’t interfere with the Kfir-Cheetah deal and the jets were made operative by South Africa’s air force.[6]

Between 2000-2020 Israel delivered aircraft targeting pods, radars, anti-riot vehicles and cyber security technologies and training centers to South Africa.

Arms Fairs:

AAD – African Aerospace and Defence 2018: Bet Shemesh Engines

Litening III targeting pod – used by South African Air Force on JAS-39 (Saab JAS 39 Gripen) Combat aircraft.

EL/M-2208 air search radar – used by South African Navy on Saar 4.5 Warrior-class offshore patrol vessel, that Israeli exported to South Africa at 1974.

Despite South Africa’s strong constitutional protections for human rights, public confidence in the government’s willingness to tackle human rights violations, corruption and respect for the rule of law has eroded.

The government has failed to ensure that children with disabilities have access to a quality education. In 2018, almost 600,000 children with disabilities remained out of school.[7]

Deadly systematic xenophobic violence against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants rised, partly driven by years of impunity for past attacks and failures in the criminal justice system that have left this vulnerable group exposed and unprotected[8]. In 2019 violence by South Africans against foreign nationals erupted in different locations and occasions causing the death of more than 12 people. More than 200 foreign truck drivers were killed between 2018-2019 based on research by the Road Freight Association[9]. No one has been convicted for the outbreaks of xenophobic violence as of December 2019.[10] Regarding police violence, the independent police investigative directorate (IPID) recorded 393 cases of deaths in police custody in its 2018-2019 report. 124 cases of rape by police officers as well as 270 cases of torture were also reported. [11]

Its commitment to human rights and international justice in its foreign policy practice remains in question.

Download as XLS or PDF or view the Google-Doc

Product
Company
Year
Deal Size
Comments
Source
Three EL/M-2208 air search radars
IAI/Elta
1996 (1999-2000)
for JAS-39 combat aircraft
Sipri
10 Litening III EO Aircraft System
Rafael
2009 (2010-2012)
“for JAS-39 combat aircraft South Africa”
Sipri
10 Water Canon anti-riot vehicles
Beit Alpha Technologies (BAT)
2007
for South African Police Services (SAPS)
Educational Cyber Security Services Center
Gold n’ Links
2016
$5m
https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4772433,00.html
thermal imaging cameras and thumb-print scanners
Gold n’ Links
2018
participation in project “Connected Conservation” in national resort
https://www.israeldefense.co.il/he/node/34157, https://www.businessinsider.co.za/a-private-reserve-on-the-borders-of-the-kruger-stopped-poaching-in-its-tracks-2018-5
Car Security technologies and services
Gold n’ Links
2018
$2.25m
for 1500 governmental cars of botswana government
https://www.israeldefense.co.il/he/node/36402