Monday, April 19, 2021

Czech Republic To Buy Israeli Missiles That ‘Infamously’ Shot-Down Indian Air Force Chopper In Kashmir

The Israeli Defense Ministry informed on Friday that the European country of Czech Republic has expressed interest in purchasing the SPYDER air defence systems for its armed forces.

Why India May Never Play Its ‘Tibet Card’ Despite Skyrocketing Tensions With China?

The SPYDER system has been developed by the Israeli companies Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (RADS) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and is capable of engaging aircraft, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles, drones, and precision-guided munitions.

It provides air defence for fixed assets and for point and area defence for mobile forces in combat areas.

The Israeli system is intended to replace the old Soviet-Era Kub missile systems in Czech inventory, intended to defend military and civilian centers such as industrial hubs, nuclear power plants, airports and other important facilities.

Massive Loophole Detected In ‘Stealth’ F-35 Fighter Jets; Exposes The Limitations Of The Mighty F-35s

SPYDER Missile

The SPYDER was chosen after an extensive evaluation and testing of nine systems from seven major producers. The deal is expected to be worth approximately $430 million and could be signed in early 2021, with deliveries to start from 2023.

Currently, the SPYDER system is in service with four countries which include Georgia, Singapore, Vietnam, and India.

The Indian Air Force deployed the system in operational roles only in 2017 and saw its first combat experience on 26th February 2019, when it was used to shoot down a Pakistani UAV at the Indo-Pakistani border in Gujarat.

In an infamous incident that happened on 27th February 2019, an Indian Air Force Mi-17 was shot down by a friendly SPYDER system in Budgam, Kashmir. The incident resulted in the killing of seven personnel, after which an investigation was conducted and five IAF personnel were found guilty.


Armed with the ground-launched versions of world’s one of the most advanced air-to-air missiles Python-5 and Derby, the SPYDER missile firing system is accompanied by EL/M-2016 or EL/M-2084 radars, depending on the variant.

US Demonstrates Technology To Launch A ‘Drone From A Drone’ & Recover It Back Mid-Air

SPYDER comes in two versions, named the SPYDER-SR (short-range) and SPYDER-MR (medium-range). The latter is achieved by adding boosters to the missiles, increasing their range; and using the EL/M-2084 radar.

A typical battery consists of one central command and control unit, six missile firing units, and a resupply vehicle.

Featured News

As MiG-35 Gets Neural Links, IAF Pilot Says India Must Prioritize ‘Capabilities Over Platform’

Russia’s MiG Corporation is developing smart target recognition systems based on neural networks for MiG series aircraft, especially the 4++ generation MiG-35 fighter, the...

US-India EEZ Row: US ‘Tones Down’ Naval Ops Squabble In India’s Maritime Zone; China Calls It QUAD Dilemma

After calling it an innocent ‘passage’, the US has further toned down the controversy surrounding its naval operation in India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ)...

US’ F-35 Stealth Jets Not A Great Choice For Clash With China — Top USAF Official

A senior US Air Force officer has questioned the utility of the American F-35A stealth fighters against the adversary in a hypothetical US military...

Northern Sea Route: Can Russia’s Arctic Game-Plan Outdo US’ Strategy In The Indo-Pacific?

**Russia defines the Northern Sea Route as a shipping lane from the Kara Sea to the Pacific Ocean, specifically running along the Russian Arctic...

China, Russia Or Aliens: Why Is There A Sudden Surge In UFO Sightings Over US Military Bases?

The sudden surge in the "UFO" sightings over US military bases and naval assets may be attributed to deliberate incursions by enemy spy drones. Defense...