The Czech Ministry of Defence will equip its armed forces with Israel's SPYDER air defence system in a deal estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
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 the Israeli air defence system.
On the 25 September, the Czech government approved the launch of procurement negotiations for four Israeli “SPYDER” batteries, within the framework of an agreement between the two countries. Israel was selected as the sole supplier for the project and the expected agreement between the countries' defence ministries.
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 providing defence for manoeuvering forces located in combat areas. The SPYDER system includes a radar system produced by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Ariel Karo, executive vice president of marketing and business development at Rafael: "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."