The Czech Republic informed about its intention to update the anti-aircraft weapons. The country will replace the Soviet air defense “Cube” with Spider systems from Israel.
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This decision was announced in his personal microblog by Lubomir Metnar. He noted that the “Cube” systems in service with the state have become obsolete. They have been in service since the late 60s of the last century, although their service life should not exceed 40 years. As an alternative in Prague, they chose Spider anti-aircraft missile systems made in Israel. They meet the demands of the military and correspond to the tasks facing them. This weapon can protect the sky both at short distances, within 20 kilometers, and at a distance of up to 80 km. In addition, the installation has three types of missiles, which expands its combat potential. I-DERBY ER has the most long-range properties. I-DERBY is equipped with a radar head, while PYTHON-5 is the smallest missile with an infrared guidance system.
The Czech Defense Minister did not say how many installations the Republic is going to acquire. The complex itself is made up of the installations themselves, with the number of guides from three to six, a mobile radar station and a command vehicle.