Rafael - sup­port­ing ‘Make in In­dia’

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & in India - Cour­tesy: Rafael

Rafael Ad­vanced De­fense Sys­tems Ltd. de­signs, de­vel­ops, man­u­fac­tures and sup­plies a wide range of high-tech de­fence sys­tems for air, land, sea space and cy­ber ap­pli­ca­tions for the Is­raeli De­fence Forces and the de­fence es­tab­lish­ment, as well as for cus­tomers around the world. The com­pany of­fers its cus­tomers a di­ver­si­fied ar­ray of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions at the lead­ing edge of global tech­nol­ogy, from un­der­wa­ter sys­tems through naval, ground and air su­pe­ri­or­ity sys­tems to space sys­tems.

Rafael prides it­self in be­ing able to cre­ate part­ner­ships with in­ter­na­tional lead­ing aero­space and de­fence com­pa­nies over­seas. Off­set ac­tiv­i­ties and in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion have been set up with over 20 coun­tries world­wide.

In­dia and Is­rael are strate­gic part­ners and Is­rael has al­ways sup­ported In­dia’s ur­gent op­er­a­tional ne­ces­si­ties dur­ing times of crises. For Rafael too, In­dia is a strate­gic and sig­nif­i­cant part­ner. Rafael has al­ways stood by In­dia to sup­ply sys­tems at short no­tice dur­ing var­i­ous op­er­a­tional con­tin­gen­cies. Ac­cord­ingly, Rafael has been more than will­ing to cre­ate struc­tures to en­sure tech­no­log­i­cal trans­fer to In­dia.

As per a Rafael spokesman, “We al­ready work with the dif­fer­ent branches of the Indian mil­i­tary and the Indian se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus and have co­op­er­ated to in­te­grate our elec­tro-op­ti­cal sys­tems, ad­vanced ord­nance, as well as air de­fence sys­tems. We have done so while main­tain­ing and im­ple­ment­ing our strat­egy to forge lo­cal part­ner­ships and ad­dress In­dia’s Make-in-In­dia pol­icy.”

Rafael has been work­ing steadily to cre­ate tech­nol­ogy part­ner­ships or joint ven­tures with ma­jor Indian com­pa­nies to ad­dress projects which have been awarded or are about to be re­warded. By work­ing through th­ese Indian com­pa­nies, Rafael ex­pects down­stream MSMEs also to be given high tech­nol­ogy work in their spe­cialised fields, which will feed into the joint ven­ture. A sig­nif­i­cant work share of Rafael con­tracts is be­ing man­u­fac­tured in In­dia while in­vest­ing in in­fras­truc­ture, tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, train­ing with its part­ners and sub-ven­dors which most are MSMEs.

For the Liten­ing weapon des­ig­na­tion pods to the Indian Air Force, Rafael went above the ex­pec­ta­tions of merely pro­vid­ing 30% off­sets, and in­stead is pro­duc­ing large scope of the pod in In­dia through a tech tie-up with Def­sys lo­cated in Gur­gaon near Delhi.

Kalyani Rafael Ad­vanced Sys­tem Sys­tems (KRAS) JV has been formed to en­sure that the max­i­mum Indian com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ing of the ad­vanced pre­ci­sion tac­ti­cal­tac mu­ni­tion ( Spike ATGM), which is to be in­te­grated by Bharat Dy­nam­ics Lt., is done in In­dia. This JV will also pro­duce other fu­ture mu­ni­tions.

Rafael is cre­at­ing a JV com­pany, As­tra Rafael Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (ARC) with As­tra Mi­crowave, Hy­der­abad so as to be able to max­imise the in­di­geni­sa­tion of the Soft­ware De­fined Ra­dio (SDR) and EW sys­tems.

For air de­fence and air to air do­main, Rafael is form­ing a JV com­pany with Re­liance, Rafael Re­liance Ad­vanced De­fence Sys­tems (RDS). The JV will be able to pro­vide the MoD with th­ese mis­siles from an in­dige­nous man­u­fac­turer and sup­port the on­go­ing pro­grammes.

“Rafael is look­ing at cre­at­ing a strong and long last­ing part­ner­ships to al­low fu­ture ex­ports from its JVs in In­dia to other in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. In ad­di­tion to JVs, Rafael is also work­ing closely with other Indian com­pa­nies to pro­vide the best tech­nol­ogy to the Indian Armed Forces.”

Spy­der-SR Mis­sile Fir­ing Unit

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