Israel Aerospace Industries inks $237 million radar deal with German military

Long-range system will boost Germany’s airspace surveillance, ballistic missile defense, company says

Luke Tress is a JTA reporter and a former editor and reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

IAI's MRSAM missile during the test June 2016. (Israel Aerospace Industries)
Illustrative: IAI's MRSAM missile during a test in June 2016. (Courtesy/Israel Aerospace Industries)

Israel Aerospace Industries has signed a deal worth 200 million euros ($237 million) to supply advanced radars to the German military.

The four long-range radar systems will help modernize Germany’s airspace surveillance and ballistic missile defense capabilities, IAI said in a Thursday statement.

The system will contribute to NATO defense against long-range weapon threats, the company said.

IAI will collaborate via its ELTA subsidiary on the project with the German firm Hensoldt, a leading European defense company that produces sensors for security applications.

“IAI is proud of the German army’s decision and sees the cooperation with Hensoldt as a significant step in advancing and deepening activities in Europe and Germany in particular,” said ELTA’s Eyal Shapira.

In June, ELTA inked a 36 million euro ($43 million) deal to supply 69 tactical mobile radar systems to the German army. ELTA supplies the radar array for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

IAI and the German military have also collaborated on the Heron drone system. The company opened an office in Berlin in 2018 to support its European operations.

Germany and Israel share close military ties, including joint training exercises in both countries. Germany supplies submarines and missile boats to the Israeli navy.

IAI develops and manufactures advanced systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide, including satellites, missiles, weapon systems and munitions, unmanned and robotic systems and radar.

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