The defence ministries of Israel and Slovakia have signed a $175m (€148m) agreement for the procurement of radar systems.

Under the agreement, Israel will deliver 17 sophisticated radar systems produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary ELTA systems for the Slovak Air Force.

Israel Defence Minister Benny Gantz said: “The new agreement first and foremost provides Slovakia with high-quality, advanced systems to maintain their national security, while also strengthening defence industries and creating many new jobs in Israel and Slovakia.

“I would like to thank my friend, the Slovak Minister of Defense, Jaroslav Nad’, for promoting this agreement, and for expressing confidence in the ‘blue and white’ [Israeli] industry.”

Led by SIBAT in the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD), the agreement includes the technology and knowledge transfer from Israel to Slovakia. It also includes the transfer of industrial cooperation.

Production of the radar components will be carried out in partnership with Slovak defence industries while IAI and the MoD will offer professional guidance.

ELTA’s flagship MMR radar is designed to detect, classify, calculate airborne threats. The crucial data provided by the system allows countering several threats at the same time.

It will also support interoperability with Nato defence equipment.

Slovak Republic Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď said: “These expert discussions have always been of very high quality, resulting in the final agreement with satisfaction on both sides.

“At the same time, I highly value the positive impact of this cooperation on the bilateral ties between our countries in the field of defence and security and I do believe we now have a solid basis for our next cooperation.”