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The Czech Ministry of Defence has informed its Israeli counterpart that it plans to equip the Czech Military with an air defence system produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, following an international tender process over several years. Procurement negotiations for four Israeli “SPYDER” batteries will now commence within the framework of an agreement between the two countries. Israel was selected as the sole supplier for the project and the value of the expected agreement is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.

SPYDER (Surface-to-Air PYTHON & DERBY), is a quick reaction, low-to-high surface-to-air missile system designed to counter attacks by a variety of aerial threats including aircraft, helicopters and UAVs. The system provides effective protection of valuable assets, as well as first-class defence for maneuvering forces located in combat areas. The SPYDER system includes a radar system produced by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Jack Richardson