Israel, Czech Republic Agree $520 Million Air Defense Deal

Israel has agreed to sell $520 million worth of defense systems to Czech Republic, Israel’s Ministry of Defense announced. The deal will include four SPYDER batteries, a missile defense system designed to intercept air attacks.

Israeli defense firm Rafael is the producer of SPYDER systems.

The Israeli Defense Ministry said with this deal, Israel would sell a full air defense system to a NATO country for the first time in history.

Czech Republic’s Minister of Defense, Lubomir Metnar, said Czech armed forces would step into the 21st century in terms of air defense thanks to this deal.

Czech defense industries will also be involved in carrying out the agreement, the ministry said.

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