Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China

mq1_predatorSecret U.S. missile and electro-optics technology was transferred to China recently by Israel, prompting anger from the U.S. and causing a senior Israeli defense official to resign.

The head of defense exports for the Israeli Defense Ministry resigned after a U.S. investigation concluded that technology, including a miniature refrigeration system manufactured by Ricor and used for missiles and in electro-optic equipment, was sent to China, according to the Israeli newspaper Maariv.

Another Israeli news site, Aretz Sheva, reports the U.S. is concerned the technology could ultimately find its way to Iran, which last year sought to buy military equipment from China for its nuclear program.

Ricor, on its company website, identifies a number of defense programs using its miniature cryo-coolers, including UAVs, airborne enhanced vision systems, missile warning systems, hand-held thermal imagers and thermal weapons sights.

The Maariv report identified the Israeli defense official as Meir Shalit, and said he apologized to U.S. officials on a recent visit.

Israel has a long record of getting U.S. military technology to China.

In the early 1990s then-CIA Director James Woolsey told a Senate Government Affairs Committee that Israel had been selling U.S. secrets to China for about a decade. More than 12 years ago the U.S. demanded Israel cancel a contract to supply China with Python III missiles, which included technology developed by the U.S. for its Sidewinder missiles, The Associated Press reported in 2002.

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69 Comments on "Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China"

  1. and Congress just give them $175 millions in AIDS….

  2. Goole other Defense website and see how much we give to Israeli.

  3. U.S. Congress gives Obama okay to fund Israel rocket defense

    Lawmakers voted to give Israel $205 million for its production of the short-range rocket defense system, Iron Dome defense, by 410-4 margin.

  4. For the first time within the framework of its regular annual budget, the MDA has requested $220 million for Iron Dome batteries in fiscal year 2014, which begins on 1 October, plus an additional $175 million for FY2015.

    If approved through the annual defence budget process, the extra money could come on top of the $486 million the White House and Congress have requested or added for the Iron Dome system in recent years after formal budgets were submitted. This includes $211 million in the defence appropriations bill for 2013, which US President Barack Obama signed into force in March.

  5. The $220 million request for FY2014 "is new money, and it is the first time funding specifically for Iron Dome procurement has been requested in our budget submission", the MDA says.

    In 2012, House and Senate defence committees signalled an intention to approve spending up to $680 million on Iron Dome until 2015.

  6. July 27, 2012

    WHITE HOUSE — President Barack Obama has committed another $70 million in U.S. military aid for Israel.

  7. Again, no surprise.

    But I'm sure people wanted the US to go to war with Israel back then too.

    I mean, look what certain people kept saying about the President back then.

  8. Administration is keeping to terms of agreement

    Updated: Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 | By Louis Jacobson

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to "implement a Memorandum of Understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade — investments to Israel's security that will not be tied to any other nation."

  9. and More of it.

  10. This should surprise no one. Israel spies on America almost as much as China and Russia. But when Israel is caught they always cry and say they must do it too survive even though the American taxpayer gives them most of our advanced technology free of charge.
    The Israel gov't is not too be trusted. This is just another case that underscores this.

  11. Why is the American taxpayer giving Israel 5+ billion dollars every year and the German taxpayer giving them over 15 billion a year? Shouldn't Israel be out of diapers and out of it's parents house by now??????

  12. I've been along time supporter of Israel; but this could affect my support going forward. We are giving Israel a lot of the technology, that's helping keep them safe from their neighbors. They need to think hard about what they have been and are doing. We can't afford to keep sending the next generation of technology to people who are going to pass that tech. to our "enemies".
    The sad thing is there's no way to fix this; the damage is done.

  13. Not surprised. Perhaps we should give Pershing IRBMs to Iran, and show them how we feel about technology transfers.

  14. Sounds like a fair trade. US spies on its close ally for decades and in return Israel sells defense technology to China.

    Honestly, the USA has zero grounds to complain about any wrongdoing with the constant bullshit they pull with *everyone*. Israel spends 75% of their so called "aid" on US military products anyway.

  15. But when Boeing gives China B-2 technology so they can outsource major sections of the 787 they get to brag in the news about it. Israel has nothing vested in the decline of the US or the rise of China's military might. The US defense contractors, on the other hand, would love to have another war, cold or hot.

  16. "U.S. demanded Israel cancel a contract to supply China with Python III missiles" Oh, you mean the PL-8? Yeah that missile is currently the widest deployed, most capable IR missile within the Chinese Air Force/Navy. Thanks Israel!

    Let's not forget a host of other Israeli prodcuts that have ended up in Big Red's hands i.e. Harpy UAV, Lavi (J-10), Phalcon radar, Patriots, and a host of air to ground missiles from the Maverick to the Hellfire.

  17. If I was President I'd get up and ask if people understand why we spy on everyone now.

  18. So much for being the "trusted friend and ally" Israel/Netanyahu pretend to be and claim they are. Every time an event like this happens, Israel should have to lose a years worth of funding.

    Then it'll stop. And if it doesn't then: kill it completely and let them hang themselves.

  19. My first reaction upon reading this is that the story is US fabrication as usual. My second impression is that it's not Israel but the US that's deliberately leaking it as a way of ensuring continued Chinese lending. Think of it as a form of compensation for the losses China is suffering by investing in US T Bills. The government doesn't want to be the bad guy, so it blames Israel.

  20. An American Veteran | December 25, 2013 at 5:08 am |

    Up to now I have trusted news from "Defense Tech". This story is not in American newspapers and I doubt its credibility.

  21. FYI – the technology that was reportedly found in china is _Israeli_, not American (although the US Military might be using it…). The US is using its leverage to prevent Israel from selling its own advanced technology to "frenemies" of the US, such as China.

  22. This article contains such blatant fallacies it's not even funny. First, there was no American, and I repeat, NO American technology involved in this case. Ricor is an Israeli(!) company, which can be extremely easily verified. Second, the components in question were not sold to China, but to another European company, which deals with China. This was a failure of this particular public servant not verifying the end client, for which he took responsibility.

  23. They are the worst ally. This isn't the first time and it won't be the last time they sell us out to China.

  24. Talk about selling out… Obama sold out the doctor in Pakistan that led the military to where Osama Bin Laden was. He sold out Seal Team 6. He sold out the 4 killed in Benghazi. Ho has sold out Isreal several times himself. People need to wake up and realize it is a GAME to all the people in power. We as citizens, of what country doesn't matter, are nothing but pawns.

  25. IF THIS IS TRUE, this country needs to re-assess it's defense programs and what we pass along to our allies. China is really starting to piss people off, and we definitely don't need our closest NATO partners contributing to the distrust.

    Let all the terrorists and those out there who wants the US to fail, that they are on notice that we will not accept failure as an option.

  26. America should cut ties and leave them to their Arab and Persian neighbours!

  27. If the US gives billions in defense to ISRAEL They have a stake in the technology and companies that exist. Yes it maybe an Israeli company but where did it get its funding from. Where do all Israeli defense companies get there funding from. Israel would not exist with out US funding and support period. So when you say the company is an Israeli company to me its all semantics.

  28. Israels revenge fro Obama spying on there leaders????

  29. Bastardus Obesus | December 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm |

    Ricor is an Israeli company, morons! It sells Israeli tech used in America, but invented and designed in Israel. Please also note that Israel is not under obligation to transfer advanced military tech to America. Do you really want to compete with Israeli scientists and engineers? You may come to the finish as the fastest loser.

  30. Israel has been selling everything the US has for decades. A buck is a buck.

  31. Geoff Goldberg | December 26, 2013 at 2:56 am |

    Thank you, happy merchant!

    You are greatest ally!

  32. Never forget Israel is our allie and not our friend. They have their own agenda which coincides only because they are the only non muslim country in the area. Israel has a long history of corruption and selling our technology to china. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ The people sell china the same technology that will ultimately be used by Iran to destroy them. Guess they figure that before that happens they will move back to America with all that money they made selling us out.


  34. For Israel to do this type of thing is just wrong. You would think that Israel would be smarter than this.

  35. A grain of Salt please.

  36. Not one question as to WHY Israel would be 'giving' technology to China??? Was there profit involved? was this actually a "sale"? Can we justify continued support for such a bunch of back-stabbers.

  37. It's well known that a lot of China's tech advances in the past 10-15 years have come from the Israelis.

  38. So now, on top of the muslim terrorists, we have the jewish traitors.

    It's time to stop helping others when we hav 1 out of every 4 American children going hungry in the "second wealthiest nation in the world."

    It's bad enough America is no longer the best educated country, but now we rank #1 in the world for hungry children too?!?!??

    Congress and the White House go beyond pathetic, and all of the "do-gooders" so concerned with children around the world are ignoring people on their own streets and in their own schools and churches.

    How can anyone take a country seriously when it cannot even manage its own money or feed its own children.


    Just like Israel for selling U.S. technology to an oppressor of people… which quite frankly has to be contrary to everything jews are taught!

  39. Where is MAJROD on this subject. MAJROD always has ready "Excuses" for everything
    the Government of Israel does. Lets hear Your lame Excuses for this latest Israeli outrage MAJROD. = ____________________________________________

  40. Name of the game; Chess.
    Players are the grand masters, those decision comes from grand thinker behind them.
    Every piece on the chess board are “zombies” with high technologies waiting for the grand master to make a move. The grand master could be between US-China, Israel-China, Europe-Middle East or US, Israel, Saudi-Iran or what ever. Game never played outside the board of UN. Who ever win or lost, is still on the board of UN. For the masses, they are audiences. Some thinking they known the next move to be taken, a minutes group can only guess close enough to what is the next move. But majorities are sleepers thinking they know something but they are sleeper and may be would not ever wake up.

  41. The governance of Israel is rotting the core of the U.S.G. By kissing up to china, again. It wouldn't mind at all to see a war between China and the U.S.A. It would just infiltrate that govt. like AIPAC has done to this country. If that goal becomes difficult, it would play its "Ooh Pitiful Me" song about its famous holocaust and the world would continue to tear itself apart while the Zionist Illuminati puts another notch on its gun…that the U.S.A. gave it.

  42. When has Israel NOT passed US military technology on to the Chinese? And when has Israel NOT spied on the US as if it were spying on an enemy? And I would point out that Israel had mastered the art of spying on the US with human assets since not long after the NSA was first created. IMO, if the NSA is spying on Israel, and I haven't heard that it is but I would assume so, then I would simply say turnabout is fair play.

  43. It’s a larger problem. Ricor coolers can be used for military IR technology, but also for tech that can detect pipeline leaks, and other dual-use roles.

    The same loopholes let Eurocopter export its Dauphin helicopter (now China’s main Z-9 naval helicopter, plus a Z-10 attack helicopter variant), and ensure that China’s diesel-electric subs run on German engines. Among other European dual-use exports.

    Countries around the world will trade with China, and more and more items are effectively dual-use. The difference is that Israel has both an agreement with the USA, and avenues through which pressure can be applied. France and Germany just tell the USA to mind its own business.

    It would have been nice if DefenseTech had been a bit lighter on the Jewish Conspiracy angle, and actually reported the larger issue that VOA raised at the same time.

    As the USA continues to get weaker, expect more of this from Europe and other source of military technology (now including Brazil, Turkey, etc. as well as the usual suspects).

  44. israelisellouts | December 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm |

    Israelis are traitors, cut ALL funding and any other aid we give to them.

  45. We should cut down our support to Israel and spent that money for our own Military and other development. . . China is now an economic giant, we should tax heavily american companies that are operating in China so that it won't be worth having factories there. It will help our neighbor in the south of the border to open the factories there instead of China thereby also solving the illegal immigration from south of the border. If they have jobs there they won't cross the border as illegal immigrants instead as a tourist thereby benefiting our tourist industries.

  46. RICOR – Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems
    En Harod Ihud 18960, Israel.

    American company and technology huh?

  47. This report is inflammatory bunk. I've looked to see what is actually going on, and what I find is that US technology makes it's way to China through European purchasers of weapons sold to Israel, that Israeli technology is being sold to China that is void of American content, that the US has a huge anti-China stance regarding technology sales and ANY tech sales to China is slammed, and that both Israel and the US don't want high technology to fall into the hands of, or be sold to, countries that could harm them. I didn't find anything in Maariv about this, and they're leftist liars anyway.

  48. that hideous parasite is still trying to get Jonathon Pollard freed … time to call out israel for the frenemy they are and cut off ALL money and military aid to them

  49. oh yeah, and we need to make it illegal for dual-citizens to hold any positions of high office in the United States and/or security clearance … most who do are, of course, israelis

  50. They need to stop transferring technology to Israeli until they get their people under control. Period.

  51. It's sad we consider Israel our "closest ally" when they pull shit like this, and this isn't the first time. Selling out allied relations to make a quick buck; apparently in the jewish kingdom of god lies the fact that money > morality… great allies.

  52. may be u should ask ur cia about those dealings. i doubt they are unaware of it. now china is more bold on its plan to dominate asia pacific and it affect us. would u mind letting us steal some tech we can use on them? never mind may be we turn to china now. its more … how u say it.. cost effective

  53. Carroll Knapp | December 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm |

    We should cut out all aid to everybody including Isreal, before we go down ourselves which is where were headed.

  54. It is nice to see Israel and Iran getting along now, sharing technology and weapons etc.

  55. Israel equally supply U.S, with technology, including Drone technology, intelligence and special military equipment. Israel is also America's front line and carrying out all the dirty ops Americans are either not permitted to or unable to do. Passing a package of technology that included a bit of U.S. technology is a strategic input to China's Silk Routes offensive which will sooner than later alleviate pressure on the U.S.

  56. Yet there seems to be no problem with Clinton transferring aerospace guidance systems and engine technology for missiles to target our air craft carriers.

  57. "Another Israeli news site, Aretz Sheva, reports the U.S. is concerned the technology could ultimately find its way to Iran"

    You would like to think that Israel would find things finding their way to Iran concerning too.

  58. Here is the real story, not this unsourced trash tabloid drivel that DT posted:

    The cooler was just sold to a French firm for use in their equipment. Turns out it was the French that transferred the electro-optical part to China.

  59. I am usually pro-Israeli but in this case they are pushing the bounds of friendship. Maybe it is time for us to re-think our guilt based relationship. I mean c'mon for chris'sake this is ridiculous. Why are we giving them billions in aid, FMS and tech transfers when it goes right to potential foes?

  60. from the ones who brought us… Attack and murder on the SS Liberty?
    DUMP isreal

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  63. Brutal Honesty | July 30, 2014 at 7:31 am |

    They've been caught over and over again for decades.

    They basically can't control themselves – selling US secrets to the Chinese who turn right around and sell weapons to the Arabs.

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