Rafael ex­pand­ing re­la­tion­ship with In­dian de­fence in­dus­try

SP's MAI - - MILITARY - [ By Y. Yaari, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Rafael Ad­vanced De­fense Sys­tems Ltd. ]

Rafael’s long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with the In­dian de­fence in­dus­try and mil­i­tary is of strate­gic sig­nif­i­cance to both Is­rael and In­dia and to their in­dus­tries. Many of Rafael’s sys­tems are in use by the In­dian mil­i­tary, two of which are Liten­ing – an ad­vanced air­borne elec­troop­ti­cal Pod, in use by more than 20 air forces around the world, mounted on a va­ri­ety of fighter air­craft, and SPY­DER – a ground air-de­fence sys­tem, based on the Python and Derby in­ter­cep­tors to de­fend against ae­rial threats.

To­gether with the Is­raeli Aero­space In­dus­try (IAI) and with the de­fence Re­search and devel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), Rafael is work­ing on devel­op­ment of the Barak-8, the next gen­er­a­tion of naval air de­fence. One of Rafael’s main strate­gic en­deav­ours is to bol­ster its co­op­er­a­tion with the DRDO, as well as with other lead­ing de­fence in­dus­tries in In­dia. We are en­gaged in joint ven­tures and part­ner­ships with lo­cal In­dian in­dus­tries such as Mahin­dra, BDL and BEL and are on con­stant search to ex­pand our ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try, in co­op­er­a­tion with the DRDO, in or­der to bet­ter ad­dress lo­cal needs and re­quire­ments. We con­sider In­dia a strate­gic part­ner to Rafael, and as such, we will con­tinue to of­fer it our wide va­ri­ety of sys­tems and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing knowl­edge and pro­duc­tions trans­fer, while tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the pro­longed na­ture of pro­cure­ment pro­cesses in the in­dus­try. Rafael holds dozens of part­ner­ships and co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments with many coun­tries, in­clud­ing with the US, coun­tries in Europe, Asia, South Amer­ica and oth­ers. More than 60 per cent of our busi­ness is in­ter­na­tional. Some of Rafael’s sys­tems in use by the In­dian mil­i­tary in­clude the Barak naval mis­sile de­fence sys­tem.

Changes in to­day’s bat­tle­field cou­pled with Rafael’s in­no­va­tion, par­tic­u­larly in mis­sile tech­nol­ogy, have re­sulted in the devel­op­ment of world-lead­ing ad­vanced de­fence sys­tems, some of which are oper­a­tionally de­ployed.

Rafael, with its proven build­ing blocks, is one of the few world­wide ven­dors that can pro­vide an end-to-end so­lu­tion based on ex­ten­sive knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence that has been gained over the last 60 years in pro­vid­ing ae­rial net­works, ap­pli­ca­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tions. Rafael’s sys­tems are dis­crim­i­nate, pre­cise and pro­por­tional, which in turn makes them eco­nomic, ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive. Such is, for ex­am­ple, Rafael’s Spike Mis­sile Fam­ily of tac­ti­cal, pre­cise mis­siles with ranges of 0-25 km that can be launched from ei­ther naval ves­sels, he­li­copters or ground ve­hi­cles. An­other ex­am­ple is Rafael’s Spice air-to-ground pre­ci­sion guided bombs with stand-off ranges of more than 60 km.

Rafael is a world pioneer in ar­mour ac­tive pro­tec­tion sys­tem, and in the last few years, Rafael’s fa­mous pas­sive and re­ac­tive ar­mour sys­tems have been joined by the Tro­phy, an ac­tive pro­tec­tion sys­tem that rapidly de­tects and tracks any anti-tank threat, clas­si­fies it, es­ti­mates the op­ti­mal in­ter­cept point in space and fi­nally neu­tralises it away from the plat­form us­ing a coun­ter­mea­sure. The Tro­phy Fam­ily comes in two main con­fig­u­ra­tions: HV-MV (heavy and medium ar­moured ve­hi­cle) and LV (light ar­moured ve­hi­cle). Both con­fig­u­ra­tions dra­mat­i­cally boost the force’s sur­viv­abil­ity, and pro­vide a vi­tal add-on ca­pa­bil­ity for the ma­noeu­vring com­bat teams.

In ad­di­tion, it has also devel­oped the SpotLite-P and Spotlite-M, com­bat proven elec­tro-op­ti­cal sys­tems for de­tect­ing, lo­cat­ing, in­ves­ti­gat­ing and neu­tral­is­ing small-arms fire sources, RPG and ATGM.

Rafael is also a lead­ing C4I sup­plier for the Is­raeli De­fense Forces (IDF) and var­i­ous world­wide forces.

Spice 2000 and (right) Spice 1000 on F-16 air­craft

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