Israel sells Slovakia 17 advanced radar systems in extensive defence export deal

January 15, 2021 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The Israel Ministry of Defence will deliver 17 radar systems produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to the Slovak Ministry of Defence, in a massive defence export agreement that amounts to approximately A$235 million.

The ELTA MMR. (MoD)

The Slovak government approved the recommendation made by the Slovak Ministry of Defence to procure the Israeli-developed systems. The agreement, led by the International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) in the Ministry of Defence, 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 Ministry of Defence.

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 Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) manufactured by ELTA systems, an IAI subsidiary, is combat proven and has extensive operational experience in Israel and around the world. The radar detects airborne threats, aircraft and ballistic targets, classifies them, calculates their threat level and provides essential data that enables systems to neutralize multiple threats simultaneously.

The Canadian Army, the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the Army of the Czech Republic, and the Hungarian army have all purchased units.

The radars are used on the IDF’s Iron Dome and David’s Sling air defence systems as Fire Control Radars. The Iron Dome has a success rate of 90 per cent of over 1,000 interceptions.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz recounted that he told Slovak Minister of Defence Jaroslav Naď during our discussion that “Israel’s defence industry is at the forefront of global technology and development and produces excellent operational and military capabilities.”

SIBAT Director, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yair Kulas stated that “the Slovak government’s choice to equip its forces with Israeli radar systems is another significant step in strengthening defence relations between our countries.”

“The choice is also indicative of the excellent capabilities of Israel’s defence industry, which provides advanced solutions to a vast range of ever-evolving threats,” he said.

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