Under a government-to-government agreement, the Israeli MoD will deliver 17 radars manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to the Slovak MoD, according to a 25 March statement.
The agreement, valued at approx €148 million, includes technology and knowledge transfer to Slovakia, as well as industrial cooperation. The radar components will be manufactured in collaboration with Slovak industry, under the professional guidance of IAI and the Ministry of Defence.
The flagship MMR radar, manufactured by IAI subsidiary, ELTA Systems, will provide Slovakia with a complete aerial situational assessment. The radar detects airborne threats, classifies them, calculates their threat level and provides essential data that enables systems to neutralise multiple threats simultaneously. In addition, these radar systems will be interoperable with NATO defence mechanisms.
“Today we have reached a significant milestone in the growing cooperation between Israeli and Slovak defence industries. The new agreement first and foremost provides Slovakia with high-quality, advanced systems to maintain their national security, while also strengthening defence industries and creating many new jobs in Israel and Slovakia,” commented Israeli Defence Minister, Benny Gantz.
Slovak Defence Minister, Jaroslav Naď, pointed out the nations were “taking a truly pragmatic approach to the negotiations on the procurement of the new 3D radar systems for our Slovak Air Force. These expert discussions have always been of very high quality, resulting in the final agreement with satisfaction on both sides. At the same time, I highly value the positive impact of this cooperation on the bilateral ties between our countries in the field of defence and security, and I do believe we now have a solid basis for our next cooperation.”
“IAI will provide Slovakia with radar systems and advanced air defence technology, about 150 of which have been sold to various nations. In addition, we will cooperate with Slovakian industries to develop and integrate into the local Slovakian economy, through joint-development of the radars,” stated ELTA CEO, Yoav Tourgeman.