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Israel signs $30 million defense deal with the Netherlands

Elbit will supply 20 PULS autonomous artillery rocket systems.

A model of the PULS (Precise and Universal Launching System) autonomous artillery rocket system. Credit: Elbit.
A model of the PULS (Precise and Universal Launching System) autonomous artillery rocket system. Credit: Elbit.

Israel on Wednesday inked its first-ever Dutch defense export deal, valued at $305 million. Under the five-year contract, the Israeli Defense Ministry will deliver 20 PULS (Precise and Universal Launching System) autonomous artillery rocket systems made by Haifa-based Elbit Systems.

They will be integrated into the COMMIT (previously DMO) selected truck platform.

“The Israeli defense establishment continues to be a source of national pride and international success for the State of Israel,” said Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who approved the agreement. “The defense solutions developed by Israeli defense industries allow us to strengthen our ties with countries around the world as well as enhance Israel’s global position.

“I commend this important agreement signed together with the Dutch Ministry of Defense and am confident that our cooperation will continue to grow,” Gallant continued.

The signing ceremony. Credit: Netherlands Ministry of Defense

Elbit training center in Greece

Also on Wednesday, Israel delivered two training aircraft to Greece.

The M–346s are the first of 10 aircraft that Greece is purchasing from Elbit Systems.

An M–346 aircraft arrives at the Elbit flight training center in Kalamata, Greece, May 17, 2023. Credit: Israel Defense Ministry

The aircraft are equipped with integrated virtual avionics that simulate combat and flight scenarios, and are expected to fly thousands of hours per year.

They landed at the new International Flight Training Center for the Hellenic Air Force in Kalamata, which was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Israeli Defense Ministry, the Hellenic Air Force and the Greek Defense Ministry.

The training center was established and is operated by Elbit, as part of the largest defense procurement agreement ever (about $1.7 billion) between Israel and Greece.

“We thank our colleagues at the Greek Ministry of Defense for the ongoing security and industrial cooperation and for their trust in the Israeli defense industries. This day is an important milestone for the International Flight Training Center, and we are proud to take part in this event together with our close partners,” said Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Coles, head of the SIBAT, the Israeli Defense Ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate.

Israel, Montenegro sign deal

Israel and Montenegro on Monday signed a $22 million agreement for the latter’s acquisition of Elbit Systems-made weapons including mortar munition systems and training equipment.

As part of the contract, Elbit will supply 120-mm mortar munition systems that can be mounted on 4×4 armored vehicles and train Montenegrin soldiers at the Elbit-IMI Academy in Israel.

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