During discussions with Colombia, a possible procurement of 25 to 40 tanks was discussed. The price of the Merkava tank has never been published, as it is produced by the "Israeli" army and has been provided so far only to "Israeli" forces...
Colombia is concerned over the accelerated armament of its neighbor Venezuela, ruled by President Hugo Chavez, and has noticeably increased its military procurement. Several years ago, Colombia procured the Kfir fighter aircraft, in addition to ground and naval systems. Colombia is also on the verge of procuring UAVs from "Israel".
Apparently, additional procurement of "Israeli" products was also brought up during the visit of "Israel's" Minister of "Defense", Ehud Barak, to Colombia last month.
Several years ago a large-scale UAV deal with Colombia was cancelled due to a conflict between Aerospace Industries and Elbit Systems Company. Since then, tension has existed in the "defense" procurement relations between both countries. Deals with "Israel" were also an issue of political dispute in Colombia.
It appears that the possibility of returning to negotiations with Colombia over a different form of the UAV deal is being examined as well, even though "Israeli" sources believe that the chances for a deal are not so high. Over the past year, there have been reports of Colombian procurement of "Israeli"-produced UAVs, primarily the Hermes-900 by Elbit Systems. However, Colombia is still seeking wide-scale UAV procurement.
In addition to the attempt to rescue the UAV deal in another form, the "Israeli" security establishment is trying to convince the Colombian government to procure the Merkava IV tank and Namer APCs from "Israel".
"Israel" will be exporting technologies developed for the various Merkava tank models, mainly as part of programs to upgrade old tanks. One of the leading projects in this field was the upgrade of the Turkish Army's M-60 tanks, which was carried out by "Israel" Military Industries. However, the tank has never been exported as a complete system.