Finland has agreed to purchase an advanced air defence system from Israel, the David’s Sling, in a deal estimated at $339 million. The system protects against various threats, including ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The David’s Sling system is a joint venture between Israeli defence firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and US-based Raytheon. It features the Stunner interceptor, which can simultaneously engage multiple targets with pinpoint accuracy with an operational range of 250 km (160 mi). It is also equipped with advanced sensor and fire control systems, enabling military personnel to identify and engage incoming threats accurately.
This deal marks the first time a European country has purchased an advanced air defence system from Israel. The system will be integrated into the Finnish defence forces’ existing systems, creating a more comprehensive air defence network. Finland is also looking to acquire additional defence systems from Israel shortly.
The acquisition of David’s Sling system is a sign of Finland’s increasing commitment to defending its airspace from hostile forces. It also reflects Finland and Israel's strong ties and shared commitment to regional stability. The deal is also expected to strengthen the defence industry in both countries, creating jobs and boosting their respective economies.
The David’s Sling system is the latest addition to Finland’s growing air defence network. With this purchase, Finland is taking a step forward in ensuring its airspace is safe and secure.
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