Greek Ministry of Defence in Negotiations with Rafael to Finalise a Deal Including Spyder Air Defence Systems

By Arie Egozi

Defence Industry

Tel Aviv: The defence ministry of Greece is in negotiations with Israeli company Rafael in order to finalise a deal that will include the company’s Spyder air defence system.

The war in Ukraine promoted the international demand for this combat proven air defence system. The Czech Republic and Morocco have selected the Rafael Spyder air defence system for its short range air defence needs.

Recently Rafael, in collaboration with the ministry of defence have successfully completed a test of the advanced Spyder air defence system in its latest, unique configuration – All In One. The test included the interception of a UAV in a challenging operational scenario, achieving a direct and effective hit.

The Spyder system, produced by Rafael, is operationally used by several military forces worldwide, providing air defence solutions against various airborne threats, including missiles, UAVs, aircraft, helicopters, and tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs). The system intercepts threats using two families of Rafael-manufactured interceptor missiles, Python and Derby.

Recently, Rafael introduced a new configuration for the Spyder – the All in One, featuring an integrated radar, electro-optical launcher, advanced control and command system, and Python and Derby interceptors, all mounted on a single platform. This configuration serves as an optimal air defence solution for point defence or area defence, either as part of a Spyder battery or deployed independently with minimal operator involvement.

In the test conducted last week in Israel, the Spyder – All in One system successfully intercepted a UAV in a complex operational scenario, achieving a successful interception of the target.