Israel and Czech Republic sign US$125m missile defence deal

JERUSALEM: Israel's defence ministry signed a deal with its Czech counterpart on Thursday (Dec 5) to sell it radar systems used in the Jewish state's Iron Dome missile defence system.

The radars will be integrated into the Czech air defence system which will use Prague's own rocket launchers, a ministry spokesperson said.

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The radars, used for air surveillance and defence, "will be interoperable with Czech and NATO command and control systems", a ministry statement said.

It said the deal, signed in Prague, was worth some US$125 million. Delivery is set for 2021-2023.

Czech defence minister Lubomir Metnar said the acquisition was one of the country's "key modernisation projects" for its armed forces.

He said the deal would help start "the process of ending our dependence on obsolete Russian machinery and at the same time acquire modern and battle-tested systems from a long-term strategic partner".

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