The Czech Ministry of Defence has informed Israel of its decision to equip its military with an Israeli Air Defence System produced by Rafael.
Press Release, Haifa, 27 September 2020: The Czech Ministry of Defence has Informed the Israel Ministry of Defense of its Decision to equip its military with an Israeli Air Defense System produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Defence Minister, Benny Gantz: “We thank the Czech government for their partnership and for the decision to equip their military with Israeli air defence systems. This is another significant step in strengthening security relations between our two countries, and it is also great news for Israeli defence industries during such a complex period.”
Following an international tender process, which lasted several years, the Czech Ministry of Defence informed the Directorate of International Defense Cooperation (SIBAT) in the Israel Ministry of Defense, of its decision to equip its military with Israeli air defence systems. On Friday (25.09.2020), the Czech government approved the launch of procurement negotiations for four Israeli ‘SPYDER’ batteries, within the framework of a GTG agreement between the two countries. Israel was selected as the sole supplier for the project and the expected agreement between the countries’ defence ministries is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.
SPYDER (Surface-to-Air Python & Derby), is a quick reaction, low- to-high surface-to-air missile system designed to counter attacks by a variety of aerial threats including aircraft, helicopters and UAVs. The system provides effective protection of valuable assets, as well as first-class defence for manoeuvring forces located in combat areas. The SPYDER system includes a radar system produced by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Mr. Ariel Karo, EVP marketing and business development at Rafael: “We are very proud to have been selected to provide SPYDER systems to the Czech Republic through a GTG process. The decision to select SPYDER, developed and produced by Rafael, is a significant vote of confidence in our proven air defence capabilities demonstrated over the years through a variety of solutions that span from Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and the SPYDER air defence system, in service and combat-proven in different countries around the world.”