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Czech Republic buys Israel's air defense batteries

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Israel's famed Iron Dome system, one of whose batteries is seen here on April 10 2011, was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Edi Israel/Flash90Israel's famed Iron Dome system, one of whose batteries is seen here on April 10 2011, was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

The purchase comes as the Eastern-European country seeks to further boost its ties with Israel

The Czech Republic announced on Monday it would buy four Spyder short-range air defense system batteries from Israel by 2026 as it's retiring obsolete Soviet-produced weapons.

The upgrade to the military equipment comes as the central European country seeks to further boost ties with Israel, already a close Czech ally. 

The defense ministry said it would pay $630 million for the system made by Israel's state-run Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

The ministry added in a statement that it had considered nine different systems from seven producers and found Israel provided the best value.

"Israel's Spyder emerged as the most efficient one from the comparison. It is a solution adjusted to Czech needs, compatible with NATO standards and with the involvement of Czech industry," a statement read.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is best known for developing Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile shield, which has intercepted the vast majority of the rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip at the Jewish state. 

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