The Czech defense ministry will buy a short- and medium-range air defense system made by Israeli state-owned supplier Rafael, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.
The ministry said it had informed the cabinet it would conclude a government-to-government deal to buy Rafael’s SPYDER Short Range Air Defence/Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (SHORAD/MRSAM), with four batteries, each equipped with its own 3D radar, fire command and control system, and four launchers.
It said it would pay CZK 13.69 billion for the system, which will replace Soviet-made technology from the 1970s.
The government has been raising defense spending to modernize its armed forces but has admitted it would fall short of its pledge as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to spend 2% of the gross domestic product on defense by 2024.
The ministry said last year when it opened talks on the Rafael deal that it planned to buy four batteries, each including its own radar, command and control unit.
The system, used to protect cities, nuclear power plants and other potential targets, will be supplied by 2026, it said.