Update: Czech Republic, Israel sign SPYDER air defence agreement

by Yaakov Lappin

Israel and the Czech Republic signed a government-to-government agreement covering the delivery of four Rafael SPYDER air-defence systems on 5 October.

The agreement was signed in Prague by Czech Deputy Minister for Armaments and Acquisitions Lubor Koudelka and Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) Director Major General (res) Amir Eshel.

“This is the first time that Israel will deliver a full air-defence system to a NATO country, and we are proud and thrilled that the Czech Republic is the one,” Eshel said.


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Hellenic Navy set to receive new special operations vessel

by Dimitrios Mitsopoulos

Agenor was built with funding provided by the Hellenic Navy. (Dimitrios Mitsopoulos)

Hellenic Shipyards is preparing to hand over the first domestically designed and built special operations craft (SOC) to the Hellenic Navy in the coming weeks, the shipbuilder has told Janes.

The new vessel, named Agenor, was built with funding provided by the Hellenic Navy. It was launched on 30 July and is currently completing sea trials.


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AUSA 2021: Japan seeking more military co-development work with US DoD

by Daniel Wasserbly

An SM-3 Block IA missile launches from JS Kirishima . (US Navy)

The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has asked the US Department of Defense (DoD) to consider areas for new co-development work, ranging from acquisition programmes to science and technology (S&T) projects, the Pentagon's chief technology officer said on 12 October.


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Spain to raise defence spending by almost 8%

by David Ing

The Spanish cabinet has set a defence budget for 2022 of EUR10.15 billion (USD11.75 billion): 7.8% higher than the current year's EUR9.4 billion.

While a fuller breakdown of spending is set to be released to parliament later this autumn, the cabinet has said a further EUR939 million has been earmarked for military research and development (R&D). In the past that section has been bundled up with civil R&D projects and handled by the Ministry of Science. It represents a rise of 9.1% on the 2021 military part of the spend.


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