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The Israel Ministry of Defence will deliver 17 radar systems produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to the Slovak MoD in an agreement that amounts to approximately €150M. The agreement, led by the International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) in the Israel MoD, includes the transfer of technology and knowledge from Israel to Slovakia as well as industrial cooperation. The radar components will be manufactured in collaboration with defence industries in Slovakia, under the professional guidance of IAI and the MoD.

The Israeli radar systems will be interoperable with NATO defence mechanisms. In recent years, similar systems have been incorporated into the Command and Control systems of additional countries in the NATO alliance. The flagship MMR Radar manufactured by IAI subsidiary ELTA systems is combat proven and has extensive operational experience in Israel and around the world. The radar detects airborne threats, classifies them, calculates their threat level and provides essential data that enables systems to neutralise multiple threats simultaneously.

IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, Yoav Turgeman, said “We are honoured to be the Slovakian Government’s choice and to incorporate IAI’s MMR Radar into their air defence solution, and we thank the Israel Ministry of Defense for the cooperation. The MMR leverages state-of-the-art technologies to provide a dependable picture of the air and awareness of the situation at hand. Approximately 130 MMRs have been delivered to the Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia and are already operational in the United States and Canada, in addition to Israel. We are confident this is the best radar system to enable the Slovakian Air Force to confront a wide range of aerial threats and we look forward to further cooperation.”

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Yoav Turgeman, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA. Credit: IAI

Arie Egozi