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Czechs to Purchase 48 Air-to-Air Missiles From Israel

The Czech authorities stated Wednesday it could purchase 48 I-Derby Lengthy Vary air-to-air missiles from Israel in its bid to spice up protection capacities because the warfare in Ukraine rages on.

The NATO member will spend 2.8 billion koruna ($120 million) on the missiles made by Israeli arms maker Rafael, that are because of be equipped by October 2027.

The missiles can destroy drones, helicopters, airplanes, and missiles in a variety of as much as 80 kilometers (50 miles) and at a peak of 20 kilometers (12 miles).

“The warfare in Ukraine has proven the significance of defence in opposition to assaults from the air, be it drones or commonplace air pressure,” Protection Minister Jana Cernochova stated in a press release.

The I-Derby missiles will complement 4 Spyder short-range air protection system batteries made by Rafael, which Prague will obtain beneath a 2021 contract price $630 million, the protection ministry stated.

The deal on the missiles is because of be signed by the top of the month, it added.

The Czech Republic has supplied Ukraine with substantial navy support since Russia’s invasion.

It has pledged to lift its protection funds to 2 % of gross home product, as required by NATO, from 2024.

In September, it signed a $6.5 billion deal to purchase 24 US-made F-35 fighter jets.

The Czech Republic fosters shut ties with Israel as one in every of its staunchest allies in Europe.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala is presently visiting the nation to specific assist because it reels from the lethal October 7 assault by Hamas militants.