Historic agreement: Finland acquires Fronde anti-missile system from Israeli David

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Six months after announcing its willingness to purchase, Finland signed the historic purchase contract with Israel to obtain David’s Fronde anti-missile system. This system should allow Finland to equip itself with a long-range, high-altitude anti-missile bubble.

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On April 5, 2023, the Finnish Ministry of Defense authorized the Finnish Armed Forces to purchase the Israeli-American anti-missile system David’s Sling from Israel. Six months later, the purchase contract was signed on November 12, 2023 in Israel for a total amount of 1.3 billion Shekels (317 million euros). This contract is historic for Finland because it acquires one of the most developed anti-missile systems in the world. It is just as important for Israel because it is the first export of this system abroad. This purchase is explained by a desire to acquire an anti-missile system capable of destroying targets flying at a minimum altitude of 15 kilometers. While contract information is not known, the April 5 press release then specified that the main contract was worth €213 million with an additional €103 million in options. Additional options worth around 216 million euros can also be added but require a separate decision.

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