Israel to promote air protection techniques to Czech Republic

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JERUSALEM, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Israel has agreed to promote air protection techniques to the Czech Republic in a deal value $520 million, Israel’s Defense Ministry mentioned on Tuesday.

The deal is for 4 SPYDER batteries, which is a protection system primarily based on air-to-air missiles and is designed to intercept airborne threats together with planes, helicopters and drones. The SPYDERs will probably be produced by Israeli protection agency RAFAEL.

“This is the first time that Israel will deliver a full air defense system to a NATO country,” mentioned Amir Eshel, director-general of Israel’s Defense Ministry.

Lubomir Metnar, the Czech Minister of Defense, mentioned the deal “will push our armed forces to the 21st century in the air defense domain.”

Czech protection industries will even be concerned in finishing up the settlement, the ministry mentioned.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch
Editing by Steven Scheer