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Iron Dome Missile Battery seen near Tel Aviv on July 15, 2018.

The Czech Republic has signed a contract with the Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary ELTA to purchase eight Iron Dome radar systems, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday.

The contract for the deal, worth an estimated $125 million, was signed at an official ceremony in the Czech Republic.

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“The acquisition of eight ‘Iron Dome’ radars is one of the key modernization projects on behalf of the Czech Armed Forces and specifically the Air Defense branch,” Czech Defense Minister Lubomír Metnar said.

Under the agreement, 30 percent of the funds with which the purchase is being made is required to be spent within the Czech defense industry, the Defense Ministry said. As a result, “significant parts of the systems will be produced locally,” the ministry said in its statement.

Prague will take delivery of the ELM-2084 Multi-Mission Radars over the next three years, beginning in 2021.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.