Israel sells Netherlands Elbit PULS offensive rocket artillery system

The war in Ukraine boosts Israeli defense sales in Europe under the shadow of potential future threats from Moscow.

 The ELBIT PULS artillery system. (photo credit: ELBIT SYSTEMS)
The ELBIT PULS artillery system.
(photo credit: ELBIT SYSTEMS)

The Israeli and Netherlands’ defense ministries announced that they had signed their first government to government defense exports agreement, valued at $305 million to supply the Netherlands with Elbit’s PULS Rocket Artillery Systems (Precise & Universal Launching System.)

This five-year deal comes in the second-year of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and as more and more EU countries are looking to Israel to boost their defense capabilities in the shadow of potential future threats from Moscow.

Germany and other countries also show interest

Germany is also on the road to acquiring a number of new defense systems from Israel, and other countries are in a variety of negotiations as well.

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

The deal was signed by Defense Ministry Director-General Maj.-Gen. (res.) Eyal Zamir, by Director of SIBAT Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Kulas and by his Dutch counterpart, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Arm, Lt.-Gen. M.H. (Martin) Wijnen MMAS.

Under the contract, Elbit Systems will supply 20 PULS artillery rocket systems integrated on the COMMIT (previously DMO) selected truck platform, as well as rockets and missiles of various ranges and training and support services, said a ministry statement.

Further, the ministry said that PULS “provides a comprehensive, cost effective solution, supporting the firing of both free-flying rockets and precision-guided rockets and missiles ranging from distances of 12 km. up to 300 km. The PULS launcher is a fully adaptable launching system and can be mounted on a broad range of wheeled and tracked platforms, providing a significant reduction in maintenance and training costs for legacy fleets.”

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, president and CEO of Elbit Systems said, “The acquisition of Elbit Systems’ PULS solution will enhance the Royal Netherland Army’s ability to provide effective indirect fire support. It will also provide interoperability with NATO customers that have acquired these systems. This contract further validates Elbit Systems’ cutting edge military technologies and our strong partnerships with NATO countries across Europe.”