Israel’s ministry of defence has reacted to a potential procurement scandal in Poland by banning two of its leading manufacturers from selling unmanned air systems to the European nation.

The decision comes on the back of the resignation three months ago of Poland’s deputy defence minister Gen Waldemar Skrzypczak. The officer left his post after an investigation into the acquisition of UAS for the nation’s army, amid allegations that he pre-selected the Elbit Systems Hermes 450 without running a proper contest.

Elbit’s main rival, Israel Aerospace Industries, later complained over the conduct of the procurement, prompting the Polish probe. […]