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Israel and Slovakia sign defence export agreement
The Israel Ministry of Defense will deliver 17 radar systems produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to the Slovak Ministry of Defense in a €148 million agreement, it has been announced.
A 25 March statement said the agreement included 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 companies in Slovakia, under the guidance of IAI and the Ministry of Defense.
The statement said that the MMR radar, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary ELTA Systems, will provide ‘the Slovak defence establishment 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,’ the statement said.
Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said the agreement was 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,’ Gantz said.
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