In an intra-governmental deal, Slovakia is to purchase seventeen new Multi Mission Radar (MMR) systems manufactured by the ELTA division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The agreement is valued at approximately €150 million.
The MMR – company designated as the ELM-2084 – is a mobile S-Band system featuring an advanced 3D Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) for air defense and artillery weapon location missions.
The radar detects airborne threats, classifies them, calculates their threat level and provides essential data that enables systems to neutralize multiple threats simultaneously.
The system was recommended as the most suitable for Slovakia’s needs by the Slovak Ministry of Defense. The agreement, led by the International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) of the Israel Ministry of Defense, includes the transfer of technology and knowledge from Israel to Slovakia as well as industrial cooperation.
The radar components will be manufactured in collaboration with defense industries in Slovakia, with assistance from IAI. Speaking of the deal, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, Yoav Turgeman, said that:
“We are honored to be the Slovakian government’s choice and to incorporate IAI’s MMR Radar into their air defense solution, and we thank the Israel Ministry of Defense for the cooperation. The MMR leverages state-of-the-art technologies to provide a dependable picture of the air and awareness of the situation at hand. We are confident this is the best radar system to enable the Slovakian Air Force to confront a wide range of aerial threats and we look forward to further cooperation.”
The new radar systems are fully interoperable with the existing NATO defense mechanisms, with similar systems already having been incorporated into the command-and-control systems of other countries in the NATO alliance. Approximately 130 MMRs have been delivered to the Czech Republic and Hungary, and they are already operational in the United States and Canada, in addition to Israel.