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In 2002, the Cyprus Government initiated a classified program to acquire unmanned aerial reconnaissance platforms, of which an initial requirement for two “systems” was formalised.
A firm order for two systems (not necessarily two aircraft), believed to be for the Searcher 2, was placed with an undisclosed Israeli company, at a cost of $17 million US dollars within the same year. This contract was later cancelled and put out to tender again, see Reference 3. It seems that IAI was again the winner, and 2 systems were purchased. The UAVs are operated by an Army unit rather than the Air Force. This unit is very secretive, as the UAVs have never been seen in public.
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See other operators of the IAI Searcher