Israeli company to deliver MADR radars to the Czech Republic

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

On 14th December, the Czech government approved a recommendation from the 33-membered assessment commission of the Ministry of Defence, and agreed that eight ELM 2084 MMR radars will be supplied by the Israeli company, IAI Elta.

"Our military will obtain one of the most advanced radar systems in the world, not only in use by the Israeli army, but also by Canada and other countries. It is, moreover, great news for the Czech defence industry, because a substantial part of the radar will be produced by a Czech company based in the Czech Republic," said Minister of Defence Martin Stropnicky.

"Replacement of the radars is absolutely necessary for us since the lifespan of the current Soviet-made equipment has been surpassed. The new mobile 3D radars will greatly contribute in extending the forces’ capabilities," added Chief of the General Staff, General Josef Becvar.

Due to the strategic nature of the tender for the Medium Air Defence Radars (MADR), the Ministry had decided to procure them in a government-to-government deal. In May this year, the Czech Ministry called on the governments of France, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom to submit an offer which would meet with Czech requirements. As the U.K. had withdrawn from the tender, the Ministerial Commission evaluated offers from the three remaining countries. The Government’s recent decision therefore facilitated the immediate opening of negotiations with the Israeli party.

The Commission recommended procuring eight Israeli ELM 2084 MMR radars, produced by the state company, IAI Elta, at a cost of 2,9 billion Czech Crowns This offer includes a 20-year-long logistic and maintenance support agreement.

The MADR radars will provide air surveillance from 100 to 3,000 metres. Five radars will be placed at stationary posts and three will be available to safeguard potential strategic targets (e.g. nuclear plants, etc.), and cities, or used in emergencies and for training.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

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December 21, 2016