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Czech Republic Signs $627 Million Deal for Israeli Air Defense Missile System

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A rendering of the precision-guided, long-range, autonomous Sea Breaker missile system. Photo: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

JNS.org – The Czech Ministry of Defense signed a $627 million deal to purchase the Spyder surface-to-air missile system by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the ministry announced.

“I appreciate the willingness of the Israeli government to share with us a state-of-the-art defense system that will move our military towards 21st century capabilities,” said Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar, according to a report by DefenseNews.

“Finally, we will get rid of our dependence on the Soviet Kub [systems] from the 1970s, which do not meet the current requirements for airspace protection,” he said.

The Czech army reportedly plans to use the systems for at least 20 years; adding the cost of maintenance would make the total amount reach about $1 billion. The delivery of the Israeli system of four launchers is scheduled to be finished by 2026, said the ministry.

Rafael describes the Spyder system as a short- and long-range mobile air defense system that can defend large areas against various threats, including aircraft, helicopters, bombers, cruise missiles, UAVs and stand-off weapons.

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