The Defense Ministry of the Czech Republic has announced that it halted a purchase deal of elm-2084 multi-mission radars with Israel, DINFOS news reported. Sources reported Czech’s Defense Minister Karla Slechtova as saying that the Ministry decided to delay the deal at this stage out of concern that the Israeli radar systems cannot be connected to other systems used by NATO forces. The Czech Ministry of Defense defined the current format of the deal as "hazardous."
According to the Czech news agency, the Defense Minister added that the Cyber and Information agency did not approve of the purchase of the radars yet, and that without the consent of the agency the deal cannot be sealed.
The ELM-2084 multi-mission radar systems are able to identify rocket fire and can also calculate the rocket's trajectory and provide a precise assessment of where it will fall. Elta Systems has sold 100 of these radar systems in recent years to a series of countries around the world for a total of $2 billion. The radar deal with the Czech Republic was concluded 18 months ago.
Among the Communist countries, the Czech Republic is regarded as one of Israel’s closest allies. In recent years, Prague has supported Israel even during events which brought strong attacks from all the South and North parts of the European Union.
In summer 2006, when Israel fought the Hezbollah, many of the European countries demanded an immediate ceasefire. The Czechs, on the other hand, called for Israel’s right to defend itself. During Operation Cast Lead in the winter of 2008-2009, the Czech Republic was one of the few countries which did not condemn Israel’s defensive action in Gaza against the Hamas. The Czech position was highlighted at that time as Prague held the Presidency of the European Council and therefore was speaking in the name of the entire European Union.