Rafael to bid in Competition for Czech Republic Air Defense Systems

The Israeli company will compete with four other vendors to supply mid-range air defense systems to the Czech Ministry of Defense

Rafael to bid in Competition for Czech Republic Air Defense Systems

Five companies have submitted offers to supply mid-range air defense systems to the Czech Ministry of Defense. According to Defense News, The Czech ministry is currently evaluating the offers submitted by the five defense companies: Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Kongsberg, Diehl and Rafael Advanced defense Systems. 

"The offer should cover the delivery of complete air defense systems, missiles, logistics support, and also technical support in the entire product life cycle," said Vladimir Lukovsky, a spokesperson for the Czech ministry. 

Under the plan, the new missiles are to replace the Czech Republic’s Soviet-built 2K 12M KUB M systems. The outdated missiles are to be decommissioned in 2020, and the Czech ministry aims to acquire new air defense systems by then.  

In the first phase of the procurement, Prague is planning to purchase less than 10 new batteries. The procurement is estimated to be worth at least US $246 million. 

The new missile systems are to be reportedly placed on a wheeled vehicle supplied by Czech manufacturer Tatra Trucks. 

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