Switzerland has exported armaments to Israel since 1955. A special spot in the Naqab (Negev) desert is set aside specifically for any munitions testing that the Swiss firms wish to carry out. Swiss arms firms (Contraves of Oerlikon and RUAG) and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) collaborate regularly. Switzerland is also developing the ADS 95 reconnaissance drone; the Swiss government has contributed 28 million francs to work on the drone and exonerated Israel from repaying this sum. The RUAG weapons factory (owned by the Swiss government) has also cooperated with Israeli arms manufacturers on the development of cluster bombs. Since 1988, the Swiss army has spent 600 million francs on cluster bomb research in Israel; some of the cluster bombs unleashed on Lebanon in the war of the summer of 2006 were the direct result of this cooperation.


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