By Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times
December 10, 1999 - Iran is shopping in Eastern Europe for Czech-made electronic warfare systems known as Tamara, according to Pentagon officials. The systems are supposed to be able to track U.S. radar-evading stealth aircraft — the Pentagon’s most important weapons and the future of most U.S. weapons systems, whether aircraft, missiles, ships or vehicles.
Officials tell us the Iranians have been working the illegal arms market in Eastern Europe to find a supplier for the systems, which are manufactured by the Czech Republic’s Tesla-Pardubice Co.
The CIA uncovered a similar effort by Iraq in 1997, when Bulgarian arms dealers were working secretly with Iraqi weapons buyers to obtain some of the systems for Iraq’s air defense network. White House officials appealed directly to Prague’s highest officials to block the attempted sale.
The Tamara is supposed to use unique passive sensing systems that can pick up emissions from such aircraft as the F-117 fighter-bomber and the B-2 bomber. Its range, however, is said to be very limited.