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Israel Aerospace Industries MMR radars, have successfully passed Czech Army military tests

June 20, 2023 Photo(s): By IAI
MMR Radar in Czech Republic
  • The MMR radars are the most advanced air surveillance and air-defense radars in the world
  • The radar deal was signed with the Czech Defence Ministry in December 2019, and 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 to incorporate the world's most advanced technologies
  • MMR is one of the world's most used radar systems providing high-quality aerial situational awareness
  • To date, 200 systems have been sold worldwide, and integrated into air-defense systems such as Barak and Iron Dome

IAI vice president and Elta CEO Yoav Tourgeman: "IAI's MMR radars can be found in all of Israel's defensive systems, and have proven their operational effectiveness providing Air Situational Picture for many years and assisting air and missile defense.

The systems supplied to the Czech Republic, and those still to be delivered in the coming months, are intended to fulfil the same function, to safeguard the Czech people, providing them with the most advanced defence against airborne threats. We are proud to be involved in this important cooperation which we have put in place with local companies, sharing knowledge and technologies. Despite three challenging years since signing the agreement, when we had to deal with the global challenges brought about by the corona pandemic, including shutdowns, and integration to local C2 and NATO systems, IAI-ELTA and the local Czech companies succeeded to develop pathbreaking solutions, transferring both knowledge and technology. 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.

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 thirty percent 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. This capability also allows local companies to provide Czech self-reliant maintenance and support for the full lifetime off the radars.