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  • Israel Wants to Work with U.S. for Defence Cooperation
    Israel Wants to Work with U.S. for Defence Cooperation 13 October 2020
    Israel is considering cooperating with the Pentagon to improve the defence use of directed energy capabilities. “We need to overcome some classification issues, some policy issues, and hopefully we can enlarge those capabilities together as well,” the officials said. There are many defence projects being carried out between the United States and Israel. Rafael and Raytheon are cooperating. Israeli Aerospace Industries and Boeing are also continuing their collaborations.<...
  • Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement
    Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement 23 September 2020
    Under the contract, Israel’s Defence Ministry will purchase a "training package" from Italian defence contractor Leonardo.The package includes a total of 12 AW119KX training helicopters and two simulators for the Air Force Flight School. Helicopters will replace the "Pagen" (Bell 206) platforms, which have been in service since the 1970s. The Italian Ministry of Defence will buy spike launchers and missiles from Rafael. The new agreement is a cont...
  • The winners of the Digital Battle have been announced
    The winners of the Digital Battle have been announced 17 September 2020
    The winners of the Digital Battle are: Category 1K: 1/35 Scale, Military Land Vehicles Since 1914 First Place Oscar Ebri Casola 1K-K22F2E Second Place Amzyy Wang 1K-SSG21M Third Place Fangzhe Yang 1K-11W03W Category 2K: 1/48 Scale, Military Land Vehicles Since 1914 First Place Gökay Yalçın 2K-4ZXLHA Second Place Jesus Diaz Arricivita 2K-E19FZY / 2K-75UY2R / 2K-0Z7IC6 Third Place José Antonio Gurucelain 2K-UFBSA...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Israel to Modernize Georgia Air Defence
    Israel to Modernize Georgia Air Defence 12 September 2020
    An agreement has been reached between the Georgian Ministry of Defence and Rafael, an Israeli-based firm. Under the agreement to strengthen and enhance Georgia's air defence capabilities, the country's air defence equipment will be fully modernised. They also spoke about the possibility of cooperation, including the training of staff, and future plans. Georgia also met with another Israeli-based company, Elbit Systems, on air defence development. Collaboration with...
  • Eyes of India on US F-35s 3 September 2020
    According to Eurasian Times, India may prefer the US's F-35 to the French Rafael. This controversy started to arise in India when the US started considering selling the F-35 to the UAE. India may want to see fifth-generation fighter jets amid ongoing tension with China. 4.5 generation French Rafale warplanes are known as a powerful aircraft. The twin-engine, canard-delta-wing aircraft is equipped with a wide variety of weapons and has the firepower to perform multi-role air-to-a...
  • Drágon Successfully Completed Shooting Tests
    Drágon Successfully Completed Shooting Tests 29 July 2020
    VCR 8 × 8 Drágon shooting tests, purchased by Spain for the use of marines, have been completed. Two prototypes were used in the tests carried out in Almería. One of the platforms called D1 used the Elbit UT30MK2 turret, while the Samson MK2 developed by Rafael was used in the other armoured vehicle called D2. In accordance with the requirements of Spain, the Swiss production piranha 5 platforms were changed. The first 13 units of the vehicle ...
  • Israel Offered Spike NLOS for Tank Destroyer
    Israel Offered Spike NLOS for Tank Destroyer 25 June 2020
    Anti-tank vehicles have great importance for surprise assaults, as well as suppressing enemy armoured elements and securing flanks. Anti-tank vehicles, usually equipped with more than one missile, are able to eliminate their heavily armoured targets by engaging over long range. A step came from Israel for use on platforms to be developed under the Ottokar Brzoza Program launched by Poland. Rafael, announced in a press release, that it made proposal to PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeni...
  • Ukraine and Poland Develops Join Anti-Tank Missile
    Ukraine and Poland Develops Join Anti-Tank Missile 24 February 2020
    Ukraine continues to cooperate with the foreign countries for the development of anti-tank missile and production capabilities. Poland is preparing to cooperate with Kiev for the production of Ukrainian-origin Pirat anti-tank missiles in the country. In this process, the main contractor company for production will be ZM Mesko. In 2004, the company signed a license agreement with Rafael for the production of Spike-LR missiles in the country, and the company will also add Pirat s...
  • $ 1worth laser sword for Israeli air defence
    $ 1worth laser sword for Israeli air defence 10 January 2020
    Israel Defence Ministry announced that they had developed a new laser system missile. According to the statement of the Ministry, a recent technological development made this system possible. The futuristic defence system is still under development and will be tested throughout the year and will not be operational in the short term. Just like the Iron Dome, the development of a laser defence system to complement it cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but the latter will ...
  • CV90 is More Lethal with Spike
    CV90 is More Lethal with Spike 8 January 2020
    CV90’s firepower which more than 1200 platforms in use in different countries, has increased. BAE Systems made a statement about the development studies to increase the firepower of vehicles to a longer range. Standing out with its survivability, firepower and high mobility, the CV90 met long-range precision strike capability. BAE Systems made statements about the integration of Spike missiles into the platform. The company said a Spike LR missile was launched in the northern ...
  • Bundeswehr orders Spike launchers and 1500 missiles
    Bundeswehr orders Spike launchers and 1500 missiles 19 November 2019
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has signed a contract to sell Spike missiles and launchers to the German Army through a joint venture (JV). Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr /BAAINBw) ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU) dismounted missile launchers from Eurospike for the German Army in early Novem...
  • Rafael and Leonardo Delivery
    Rafael and Leonardo Delivery 22 October 2019
    Leonardo and RAFAEL announced that the partners have delivered on time the first Trophy Active Protection Systems to defend the US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks against a variety of anti-armour threats. This delivery marks the first of several that will ultimately outfit four brigades of tanks. The deliveries are the culmination of a multi-year qualification process. A joint team of government and industry from both the U.S. and Israel worked together to adapt and integ...
  • Inventory is Growing 24 September 2019
    The Philippine Navy (PN) will launch new platforms. PN is scheduled to commission three new Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.3 fast boats and four KAAV-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles. The MPAC Mk.3 was made by the joint venture of Taiwan’s Lung the Shipbuilding, and Filipino marine company Propmech Corporation, and will be the 4th batch acquired by the PN from the joint venture. It would be armed with the Rafael Spike-ER missiles fired from the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missi...
  • Bunker Buster Delivered
    Bunker Buster Delivered 16 September 2019
    Israel has completed the delivery of the first batch of a new version of Spice-2000 bunker-buster bombs to the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Israel has started the delivery of the Spice-2000 bombs to India and the first batch of these bombs was received recently,” IAF sources said. The Israeli-based Rafael company developed the bombs, which will be supplied under the emergency procurement contract, worth approximately $ 44 million. The bombs will be delivered along with Mark 84 warhead...
  • Integrated System by Rafael
    Integrated System by Rafael 10 September 2019
    Israel-based Rafael takes part in Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) hosted by London. Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is showcasing its complete all-in-one Samson 30mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), integrated with two Spike missiles and the Trophy Active Protection System (APS). Trophy is in service with the Israel Defence Forces on the Merkava Mk 3 and 4 main battle tanks (MBT) and on the Namer heavy armoured personnel carrier, with more...
  • US Army Inks Iron Dome Deal
    US Army Inks Iron Dome Deal 15 August 2019
    US Army has signed a deal to acquire two Iron Dome systems for the U.S. Army’s interim cruise missile defence capability. Iron Dome was co-developed by American company Raytheon and Israeli defence firm Rafael. It is partly manufactured in the United States. The agreement to buy two Iron Dome batteries for $373 million was first speculated in January, with the system reportedly beating out Norwegian and American alternatives for short-range air defence in a Pentagon review.
  • Towards Autonomous Tanks
    Towards Autonomous Tanks 6 August 2019
    Israel’s Ministry of Defence wants to procure an armoured vehicle that can be operated by two soldiers instead of four with the hatch closed. The ministry tasked three Israeli companies, Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, along with Elbit Systems to complete the task. Three companies demonstrated options for the project to US army representatives on Sunday at an army base in northern Israel. The so-called Carmel project, launched three y...
  • SAR Integration from Rafael
    SAR Integration from Rafael 13 June 2019
    Rafael has signed a new collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Within this scope, the company will carry out synthetic aperture radar integration studies. One of Rafael's most advanced targeting pods, the Litening 5 and Reccelite XR pods, will feature synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capabilities. The Litening 5 is equipped with wide-span mid-wave infrared and short-wave infrared sensors and includes a laser designator. Reccelite XR weighs 250 kilograms. The system,...
  • Sector News Issue 71 16 March 2019
    Daewoo, Back to Roots Leonardo’s Cyber Signature on NATO The USA Said “Gustav” India Seeks Thales’ Hydras Sikorsky’s Two-in-One: HH-60W METEOR Shower beyond the Horizon Ambitious Missile by Rafael  “METE”s in the Inventory MKEK to Supply 50,000 MPT-76  Meteksan’s Kement Launches from the Ground F-16 Fitted with ASELSAN Armour F...
  • Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile
    Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile 21 February 2019
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) at the Aero India Air Show in Bengaluru, India, this week. Dubbed simply "Rocks," the ASM can be armed with a penetration warhead or blast explosive warhead depending on whether targets are beneath the surface or above ground. The weight class of the warhead has not been disclosed. 'Rocks', the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid rocket motor develope...
  • “Spike” Power to Light Vehicles
    “Spike” Power to Light Vehicles 6 February 2019
    Rafael announced the new application for the Spike family, which offers an effective solution in a wide range of areas. Company has integrated the long-range Spike NLOS (Non-Line of Sight) system into light vehicles. Spike NLOS integration provides a great firepower for light vehicles. In this way, a highly efficient, cost-effective solution which can even attack to main battle tanks. Rafael make its experience from TOMCAR platform. The launcher used during the test weighed 1350 kil...
  • U.S. Army Seeking Two Iron Dome Units
    U.S. Army Seeking Two Iron Dome Units 17 January 2019
    News reports says the U.S. Army is asking Congress for $373 million to buy the two Iron Dome missile interceptor batteries, developed and manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd. According to “Inside Defence”, US Army acquisition executive Bruce Jette told Congress that the key benefits of the Iron Dome is its magazine depth of 20 interceptors and is proven in combat. The US Army is seeking to have them delivered by 2020.
  • Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape
    Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape 17 December 2018
    Europe's Boxer Program will take final shape with offers to the UK and Slovenia. A statement was made by the Eastern European Sales Agency of Artec, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss Maffei-Wegmann. It is stated that negotiations with the UK Department of Defense continued through the OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The UK plans to supply Boxer in four different variants, including armored personnel carrier, C4I post, ambulance and armored repair vehicle. It w...
  • Rafael Unveils Spike ER2
    Rafael Unveils Spike ER2 31 August 2018
    Israeli Defence Company Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has disclosed development of a new, fifth-generation, enhanced stand-off evolution of its 170 mm Spike-ER multipurpose precision-guided missile system, designated Spike ER2. The new Spike ER2 retains the same weight, airframe, surface geometries, and propulsion unit as the Spike ER, but features a significant range enhancement and other capability augmentations. The introduction of a new real-time lightweight radio frequency (R...
  • RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar Wins UK MoD Tender
    RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar Wins UK MoD Tender 23 August 2018
    On August 21, Israeli RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. announced that its Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars (MHR), which are embedded in the Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Drone Dome counter-drone solution, will be delivered to the British Army in the coming months. Deliveries of this program are expected to be concluded within 2018. The British Army will be the first customer to implement the Drone Dome, to protect sensitive facilities and military infrastructure of drones. "Th...
  • IAI To Provide Barak-8 Missiles to Israeli Navy
    IAI To Provide Barak-8 Missiles to Israeli Navy 16 August 2018
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes. The new corvettes are being acquired under the provisions of an agreement between Israel and Germany that was finalised in May 2015. The systems will be used to protect Israel's exclusive economic zone and strategic facilities. The Barak-8 system was chosen after it was demonstra...
  • First Operational Use Of Israel's David's Sling System
    First Operational Use Of Israel's David's Sling System 24 July 2018
    Israel’s David’s Sling anti-ballistic missile system made its combat debut on Jul. 23 when two interceptors were fired when a pair of Syrian OTR-21 (NATO: SS-21) ballistic missiles were detected approaching Israel’s border. Israel has used its David's Sling missile-defence system for the first time in battle, firing at two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles Monday morning, the military said. One of the interceptor was ordered to self-destruct after it...
  • Modular Solution to Spike NLOS
    Modular Solution to Spike NLOS 4 July 2018
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems announced the completion of the development phase of the new low weight integrated SPARC remote controlled launch system for Spike NLOS. The system, developed for a undisclosed special forces customer, has been specially optimized for light all terrain vehicles. The concept was exhibited for the first time at the Eurosatory 2016, the launcher on the Polaris MRZR-4 type vehicle, two  ready to launch missiles , and two clip-on loading addition...
  • Smart Solutions for Battlefield
    Smart Solutions for Battlefield 11 June 2018
    Rafael has unveiled two new products that will offer smarter solutions to the battlefield. One of these solutions is FireFly, a loitering munition. The platform weighs three kilograms, suitable for carrying and using a single soldier. Developed as a member of the Spike family, the vehicle has the ability to target tracking. System can be managed by the tablet can provide instant data transfer thanks to the two way data link. FireFly, which has duration 15 minutes, has...
  • Continent Preferred Spike LR2
    Continent Preferred Spike LR2 21 May 2018
    Australia chose the Spike LR2 missile for Army. Spike, who competed with the MBDA's MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée) ATGM during the purchase process, was Australia's choice after Latvia. In this choice, compatibility with the Elbit production battle management system already used by Australia and the combination of the Boxer-Spike are said to be effective. Production of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike anti-tank missile can engage to main battle tanks from 4,00...
  • Locally-built Peruvian LPD Passed Initial Trials
    Locally-built Peruvian LPD Passed Initial Trials 10 May 2018
    The Peruvian Navy's first domestically built landing platform dock (LPD) BAP Pisco (AMP 156) has successfully completed its initial sea trials in April, Peruvian Ministry of Defence announced on 7 May.  122 metre-long vessel was built by SIMA-Peru Marine Industrial Services. The vessel has a displacement of approximately 11,390 tons which makes it one of the biggest ships in the Peruvian Navy. The ship can accommodate 157 cr...
  • SPICE 1000 Declared IOC
    SPICE 1000 Declared IOC 8 March 2018
    Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb reached initial operational capability (IOC) on F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March.  According to the announcement, the tests were completed successfully in August 2017 and the munition was officially integrated into operational activity. SPICE 1000 guided bombs will soon be integrated on IAF's F-16I and F-15 squadrons.
  • UK Army Unveils Sky Sabre Air Defence System
    UK Army Unveils Sky Sabre Air Defence System 7 February 2018
    The UK Army has unveiled Sky Sabre air defence missile system on 5 February at the home of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, Baker Barracks on Thorney Island.  Sky Sabre is due in service in 2020 and will prove to be a step change in the UK’s air defences, taking it from short to medium range capability. This was the first time that the three principal components of the system had come together; the MBDA launcher that fires the CAMM missile, the Saab radar ...
  • India Cancelled 'Spike' Order
    India Cancelled 'Spike' Order 4 January 2018
    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has changed its plans to purchase a $500 million worth of Spike missile from Israel. According to a statement made by Israeli defence company Rafael on January 3rd, India abandoned its plan and cancelled the order. The procurement plan was announced in March 2017 and covered 321 Spike ATGM launchers, 8 thousand 356 missiles, 15 training simulators and associated equipment. The contract included an option to build another one thousand 500 lau...
  • Fourth Order On The Way
    Fourth Order On The Way 22 December 2017
    The Romanian government, who inked sales deals for Rafael Spike LR (long-range) missiles and launchers in the last quarter of 2017, is considering increasing the number following recent test-firings in the country. Rafael stated in its press release on 18 December that the Spike LR system was tested in different firing scenarios, including day mode and infrared mode, and was fired against tanks and armoured personnel carriers at different ranges, with all 10 missiles hitting their target...
  • 56th Issue Fair News
    56th Issue Fair News 11 December 2017
    Target in Thailand: Artillery No Surveillance, No Artillery A First by Japan China, Active in Thai Market Surprises in Thailand Continue Things are Going Well for Daewoo Indian Industry, Strong in Bangkok Israel, Undoubtedly Bangkok’s Favourite Rafael, in Australia to Stay Thailand, in Search of New Infantry Rifle China Wants Quick Entry to Submarine Market Leonardo Response to ...
  • Successful Interception by C-Dome
    Successful Interception by C-Dome 29 November 2017
    Israel has conducted a successful “Iron Dome” interception test from an Israeli Navy vessel on 20 November. During the test, three missiles were launched towards a naval vessel equipped with an “Iron Dome” system. These missiles simulated “Grad” missiles, threatening Israeli gas platforms.  One of the targets launched as part of the test did not require interception, while “Iron Dome” combatants successfully in...
  • Israel To Begin Delivery to Philippines
    Israel To Begin Delivery to Philippines 21 November 2017
    Philippines will receive Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Spike ER (extended range) missile systems before the end of this year. Philippine Navy announced on Monday that it would install the system on three of its brand new multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC).  The Philippine Navy chief said a pre-delivery inspection was already scheduled and the tentative fitting of the missile system would be in December. The relevant contract is worth $...
  • New Order for Spike LR II
    New Order for Spike LR II 26 October 2017
    Israel has ordered more than 1,000 Spike LR II missiles according to Rafael Advanced Defence Systems announcement on 24 October. “The addition of the Spike LR II will enhance both its infantry engagement range and its lethality against a large variety of targets,” the company said.  The Israeli company's Internet-connected 5G missile can be fired from land, a helicopter, or a ship. When fired from land, it can strike targets at a range of 5.5 kilo...