Czech Republic ready to acquire SPYDER, an Israeli air defense system

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PRAGUE — The Czech Republic has signalled its readiness to buy a new air defense system for its military from the Israeli government, the country’s defense ministry said on Friday, Times of  Israel reported.

According to the reports, the Czechs want to acquire the SPYDER system, which is made by the Israeli state-run company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and is capable of providing protection against aircraft, helicopters, bombers, cruise missiles and other weapons.

A statement credited to Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said the Israeli system would be key to modernizing the Czech armed forces as it would replace an obsolete anti-aircraft Soviet-era 2K12 KUB system to defend military and civilian centers such as industrial hubs, nuclear power plants, airports and other important facilities.

The Czech military said it had analyzed nine systems from seven producers before deciding on the Israeli one.

The defense ministry expects a deal worth some $430 million to be signed early in 2021 with the delivery two years later.

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