The Czech military has tested Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) air surveillance and air-defense radar produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Tests were conducted as part of a radar deal signed between IAI and Czech Defence Ministry in December 2019.
This deal included close industrial cooperation between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and local Czech companies RETIA and VTU. The joint production includes the transfer of technology to local Czech industries for production and lifetime maintenance, and upgrading existing systems.
“The radar was successfully integrated into NATO C@ echelons through the Czech C2. The advanced radars to the Czech Republic can simultaneously identify and classify hundreds of targets, drones, missile barrages, rockets, and other new threats in the arena,” said IAI vice president and Elta CEO Yoav Tourgeman.
Israeli radars are compatible with NATO systems and will replace the previously-used but now obsolete radar technology of Russian origin.
An important part of the project is Czech industry involvement in a contract worth some 30% of the total value, which was signed together with the main supply agreement between the Czech and Israeli Ministries of Defence. Under this contract, ELTA Systems has transferred the capability to produce modules that make up the radar antenna, using gallium nitride technology, to its Czech industrial partner, RETIA. The state-owned Military Technical Institute (VTU) is also a partner. An assembly line four radar modules was established in retia RETIA which will also provide these modules for call CZ.