Berlin, 28 September 2020. – The Czech Ministry of Defence decided to equip its military with air defense systems from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems, the ministries of both countries announced on 27 September.
Following an international tender process, which lasted several years, the Czech Ministry of Defense informed the Directorate of International Defense Cooperation (SIBAT) in the Israel Ministry of Defense, of its decision to equip its military with Israeli air defense systems, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Ganz announced.
The Czech government approved the launch of procurement negotiations for four Israeli SPYDER batteries, the ministry said. “Israel was selected as the sole supplier for the project and the expected agreement between the countries’ defense ministries is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.”
SPYDER is a quick reaction, low to-high surface-to-air missile system countering attacks by aerial threats incl aircraft, helicopters & UAVs. The system provides effective protection of valuable assets, as well as first-class defense for maneuvering forces in combat areas, Rafael Advanced Systems said.