Israel to sell Iron Dome radars to Czech Republic
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Israel to sell Iron Dome radars to Czech Republic

Israel Aerospace Industries to provide advanced system to Prague over the course of 3 years for $125 million, Defense Ministry says

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome defense missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on November 12, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)
An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome defense missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on November 12, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

Israel on Thursday agreed to sell eight Iron Dome radar systems to the Czech Republic in a deal worth an estimated $125 million, the Defense Ministry said.

According to the ministry, the eight ELM-2084 Multi-Mission Radars will be delivered to Prague over the course of three years, from 2021 to 2023. They are the radar arrays used in cooperation with interceptor missile launchers in Israel’s Iron Dome batteries.

“The acquisition of eight ‘Iron Dome’ radars is one of the key modernization projects on behalf of the Czech Armed Forces and specifically the Air Defense branch,” said Czech Defense Minister Lubomír Metnar.

The contract will be fulfilled by the Israeli Aerospace Industries subsidiary ELTA, which manufactures the radar systems, with 30 percent of the money required to be spent within the Czech defense industry under the agreement, meaning “significant parts of the systems will be produced locally,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The agreement was signed at an official ceremony in the Czech Republic.

Officials from the Israeli Defense Ministry, the Israel Aerospace Industries and the Czech Minister of Defense, in red tie, at a signing ceremony for a deal to supply Iron Dome radar systems to the Czech Republic on December 5, 2019. (Defense Ministry)

The director of the International Cooperation Directorate of the Israeli Defense Ministry, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Yair Kulas, said he hopes the agreement will pave the way for further deals with NATO countries.

“It is an expression of confidence in the capabilities of the Israeli defense establishment and defense industries and highlights the significance of Israeli technology in the face of the threats shared by the international community,” Kulas said.

In February, IAI said it had sold 100 units of the radar to nine countries for a total of approximately $2 billion.

Adoption of Iron Dome by militaries around the world helps sustain the production of the missile defense system, developed by Rafael and IAI, which Israel regards as critical in protecting its communities near its southern border with the Gaza Strip and its northern borders with Lebanon and Syria.

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