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RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is synonymous with Dynamic Defense, Daring Innovation, and Technological Ingenuity. For over 70 years, the Company has pioneered advances in defense, cyber and security solutions for air, land, sea, and space. Our innovations are based on extensive operational experience and understanding of evolving combat requirements. They enable the rapid development of effective solutions for complex battlespace challenges. Always ahead ‒ we ensure an ongoing advantage for our worldwide client base. We are dedicated to continuously enhancing our customer service, as well as expanding our global industrial cooperation programs.

 

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RAFAEL Unveils Sky Sonic: Hypersonic Missile Interceptor​


Haifa, Israel – June 14, 2023 – RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., a leading defense technology company, announced today that it has developed an advanced interceptor, named “Sky Sonic,” as a groundbreaking defensive response to the growing threat of hypersonic missiles. This revolutionary system will be officially unveiled for the first time at the Paris Air Show, one of the world’s largest aerospace exhibitions, opening next week.

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The Sky Sonic interceptor represents a major technological leap in hypersonic missile defense. Designed with exceptional maneuverability and high-speed capabilities, it effectively neutralizes hypersonic missiles, which travel at ten times the speed of sound, with unmatched precision and stealth. RAFAEL’s booth at the Paris Air Show will showcase the interceptor, highlighting the company’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of air defense technology.

Over the past years, the threat posed by hypersonic missiles has escalated, necessitating proactive measures to safeguard national security. RAFAEL, known for its pioneering contributions in the field of defense systems such as the renowned “Iron Dome,” “David’s Sling,” and the cutting-edge “Iron Beam” laser-based system, is proud to be at the forefront of developing an effective solution to counter hypersonic threats.

 

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PARIS AIR SHOW 2023: RAFAEL INTRODUCES “SKY SPEAR” Long Range AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE​


Paris Air Show, June 20, 2023: RAFAEL has unveiled SKY SPEAR its 6th generation long range, Air-to-Air missile.


RAFAEL has a long legacy in the development of world leading aerial systems and technologies. The newest member of the air-to-air missile family for RAFAEL is a long-range solution that provides users with unparalleled operational capabilities in the complex arena of aerial combat.


With the advent of long-range air to air missiles, the challenges faced by aerial forces have increased exponentially over time. The engagement range has extended longer, and the time gap between launch and end game has created a significant zone of uncertainty. Therefore, the need to maintain a clear and accurate aerial picture is even more crucial.


RAFAEL has taken up the challenge by developing the SKY SPEAR a new long-range Air to Air missile that embodies a new breed of RF seeker and additional technologies to handle the abovementioned challenges.


The SKYSPEAR missile is designed to engage targets at Long Ranges, ensuring that the opponents are overwhelmed before they have a chance to launch. Its new RF seeker technology allows for early lock on, and a more accurate end game.


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Brig. Gen. (Res.) Pini Yungman, EVP and Head of the Air and Missile Defense Directorate:

“The development of the SKY SPEAR provides a glimpse into the legacy of RAFAEL in the aerial domain. The first air-to-air missile by RAFAEL was developed in 1959 and 5 generations later we have maintained our technological edge in providing unique and timely solutions for our partners. From the PYTHON and DERBY which provide not only armaments for fighter crafts, but also as the main components of our SPYDER air defense system and now to the 6th generation long range SKY SPEAR; RAFAEL is confident that this newest missile will provide the advanced capabilities that will provide users a qualitative edge over its most capable adversaries.”


 

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POLISH MOD TO ACQUIRE BATCH OF SPIKE LR MISSILES IN A NEW DEAL WITH RAFAEL & POLISH MESKO


August 6, 2023: The Polish Ministry of Defense, through its Armament Authority, announced that it is purchasing hundreds of SPIKE LR Missiles through RAFAEL’s local industrial partner, MESKO, in a deal worth around 100 Million Dollars.


As RAFAEL’s local Polish industrial partner, MESKO has already manufactured SPIKE Missiles for the Polish MOD, and this will be the third such deal involving the SPIKE Missile Family. MESKO and RAFAEL have collaborated in working with the Polish market since 2003, allowing for the sale of completely “Poland-ized” missiles to be provided for the Polish user. The robust local manufacturing capabilities have provided the Polish MOD with over 3,000 SPIKE missiles that are entirely Polish-made.


The legacy of success between RAFAEL and MESKO has brought about yet another achievement. Through 20 years of joint work, the companies have helped support the Polish defense establishment in securing the country’s valued assets and providing its armed forces with the most sophisticated technology of its kind in the world.


In keeping with RAFAEL’s global strategy, the support of local industry and allowing for not only technology transfer but also know-how has brought about another example of local industrial success and a thriving global partnership. This latest agreement further strengthens the existing relationship, and more similar deals are expected in the future.


Executive Vice President Dr. Ran Gozali, Head of Land & Naval Systems Directorate:

“The SPIKE Missile Family has been supporting the defense capabilities of the Polish MOD for some 20 years. We are proud to be building on our longstanding partnership with Mesko, and are confident that there will be more agreements in the future. Building bridges with industrial partners around the globe is part of RAFAEL’s global strategy, and here we see how those bridges enable collaboration and better defense for our friends and allies.”


 

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RAFAEL wins new comprehensive maintenance support services contract with Asian Navy


August 9, 2023 – Tel Aviv – RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is announcing that it has won a new contract with an Asian nation to provide comprehensive maintenance support services for operational systems employed by its navy.


The multi-year agreement is estimated at 100 million Shekels (30 million dollars) and will include maintenance services for the navy’s TYPHOON and MINI-TYPHOON remotely-controlled naval weapon stations, Naval SPIKE ER and NLOS missile systems, EO surveillance systems, as well as EW Integrated Decoy Systems (IDS).


The services will bolster the technological and operational cooperation between RAFAEL and the user and establish maintenance capabilities for additional systems.


In March 2023, RAFAEL announced it had signed a multi-year agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defence to provide maintenance support services for dozens of TYPHOON remotely-controlled naval weapon stations (RCWS) in operational use by the Israeli Navy.


RAFAEL’s Naval Combat Suite is based on combat-proven technology and systems, relying on years of experience and deep operational know-how in various naval arenas and scenarios, and integrating combat-proven technologies in all domains. RAFAEL’s off-the-shelf, leading technologies and solutions, provide naval forces defense superiority in littoral and blue water against all modern naval threats above and below the waves.


RAFAEL’s TYPHOON family has set the standards for stabilized, remotely-controlled, small caliber, naval gun systems. The TYPHOON weapon system family has gained a worldwide reputation as the most reliable, effective and affordable weapon system in its class. RAFAEL has recently won major contract with another leading Asian navy for TYPHOON Mk30-c and mini-TYPHOON RCWS, which were also recently commissioned onboard FAIC-M / SHALDAG MK5 vessels in the Philippine navy as part of a complete RAFAEL combat suite.


SPIKE ER and NLOS are electro-optically guided multipurpose missiles for ranges of up to 10 and 32 km at sea, respectively, with pinpoint accuracy and midcourse navigation. Recently unveiled, RAFAEL’s 6th Generation NAVAL SPIKE NLOS missile delivers a number of groundbreaking capabilities, turning every OPV or patrol boat into a highly-effective combat vessel.


The IDS is an Integrated Decoy System that employs tactical confusion, distraction & seduction measures to create a complete defense suite that includes a controller, launchers and programmable decoys.


Vice President and Head of RAFAEL’s Naval Warfare Systems directorate, Mr. Ran Tavor:

“We thank our customer for strengthening its cooperation with RAFAEL and for confidence expressed in this ground-breaking move. RAFAEL, as a developer and manufacturer of combat-proven naval systems, has developed extensive knowhow and accumulated experience in executing major naval projects with clients in Israel and worldwide. We will manage and conduct the maintenance services for the Navy in the most effective manner and in a way that will ensure the highest degree of operational capability. This agreement is part of RAFAEL’s strategy to increase activity in the field of maintenance and customer support for its customers in Israel and globally. Through this latest project the knowhow shared between RAFAEL and its partners will continue to be enriched and will contribute to more optimized and greater capabilities down the road.”


 

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DSEI 2023: RAFAEL Showcasing TROPHY APS as System is Set to Spearhead Challenger 3’s Defence



RAFAEL, a global leader in advanced defence technologies, proudly announces its achievement in securing a £20 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the cutting-edge TROPHY Active Protection System (APS). This milestone marks a significant stride towards enhancing the defensive capabilities of the Challenger 3 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and highlights RAFAEL’s participation in DSEI 2023.


Through rigorous evaluation, the UK MOD recognised the TROPHY APS as an indispensable addition to safeguard the Challenger 3 MBTs and their esteemed crew members against modern battlefield threats. The TROPHY APS boasts a proven track record of success, having been operational and combat-proven in various scenarios worldwide.


RAFAEL, in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, successfully completed the 2nd phase of integrating the TROPHY Active Protective System (APS) on the Challenger 3 (CR3). A series of live fire tests, conducted towards the end of 2022, demonstrated the system’s effectiveness as it intercepted well over 90% of threats targeting the CR3 representative tank fitted with TROPHY APS.


Dr. Ran Gozali, Executive Vice President, GM Land & Naval Division at Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, “we are encouraged by the latest tests, praising TROPHY’s effectiveness and RAFAEL’s proficiency in integrating the system on yet another platform. The collaboration with the UK MOD is set to continue, propelling further successes in the future, as the project heads towards its third and final phase of integration, instilling greater confidence in TROPHY’s ability to ensure fortified defence for the UK and its troops.”


Developed by RAFAEL in response to successful anti-armour attacks, TROPHY APS provides mature, combat-proven protection against rocket and missile threats while pinpointing the origin of hostile fire for immediate response. Being the world’s only fully-integrated, combat-proven APS, TROPHY has been effectively installed on Israel Defence Forces’ Merkava tanks since 2010, Namer APCs, four US Army Abrams MBT brigades, and successfully tested on the German Leopard 2 Tank in 2021. Additionally, the system has been seamlessly integrated on various platforms, including AIO turrets for the IFV and 8×8 armoured vehicles without a turret. With over 2,000,000 operating hours and more than 5,400 successful field tests, TROPHY is now under contract for serial production of over 2,000 systems.


RAFAEL is excited to participate in DSEI and to highlight the unique defence systems that can enhance survivability and bolster the overall defence of the British Armed Forces. RAFAEL is also proud to be standing alongside recently acquired, Newcastle based Pearson Engineering and Joint Venture EuroTrophy who will also be participating in DSEI 2023.


As the global pioneer of APS technology, RAFAEL remains at the forefront of innovation, continuously refining and advancing the TROPHY system to address evolving threats effectively. RAFAEL has and continues to collaborate with the UK MOD on a wide array of projects and defence technologies. At DSEI 2023, RAFAEL is proud to showcase its TROPHY APS on UK soil and is confident the system will further strengthen the capabilities of the Challenger 3 MBTs. RAFAEL is excited to participate in DSEI and to highlight the unique defence systems that can enhance survivability and bolster the overall defence of the British Armed Forces.


 

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RAFAEL COMPLETES SALE OF DAVID’S SLING TO FINLAND


Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd can proudly announce that the historic sale of the ‘David’s Sling’ system to Finland has been finalized.


The Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, Major General Eyal Zamir, signed the contract for the sale of the ‘David’s Sling’ air defense system to Finland for approximately 1.3 billion NIS (around 317 million euros).




Present at the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Defense were the Finnish Ambassador to Israel, H.E Dr. Nina Nordstorm, the Finnish military attaché Col. Oula Asteljoki, Rafael’s CEO, Major General Yoav Har-Even, Head of MAFAT, Brigadier General (Res.) Dr. Dani Gold, Head of ‘Homa’ Directorate, Moshe Patael, Head of the Finance Division at the Ministry of Defense, Brigadier General Dikla Cohen, and other senior officials.
The ‘David’s Sling’ is one of the world’s most advanced systems for intercepting ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft, and UAVs. The ‘David’s Sling’ system has demonstrated highly effective capabilities in combat across challenging scenarios.


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The ‘David’s Sling’ system is jointly developed by the ‘Homa’ Directorate in the Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), led by the main contractor – Rafael.


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Major General (Ret.) Yoav Har-Even, CEO & President of Rafael: “The ‘David’s Sling’ system from Rafael is a significant part of Israel’s multi-layered defense system. The system has proven itself effectively in the current conflict, defending the country and its residents. We take pride in the historic export agreement signed, investing a considerable portion of the export revenues into development budgets and research and development (R&D) funds for Israel and the company. This ensures that the defense system has the most advanced capabilities, resulting in both doubled and even greater benefits. Rafael will continue to operate with pride to fulfill its meaningful role in the security of the nation.”


 

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R2S Breaks Ground on Manufacturing Facility in East Camden


East Camden, Ark. (Feb. 21, 2024) – R2S has broken ground on its new manufacturing facility in East Camden, Arkansas. The facility will produce the Tamir missile for the Iron Dome Weapon System and its variant, the SkyHunter® missile to be used by U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. allies.


R2S is a joint venture between Raytheon and Rafael Advanced Defense System. Raytheon is an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business.
This facility represents an investment of $63 million for R2S and will create up to 60 new jobs in the region. The R2S facility will build on RTX’s existing production capacity at the Highland Industrial Park.


Company representatives joined Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and state officials to announce the project in October 2023.


“It’s an honor to join R2S for today’s groundbreaking, just as it was an honor to announce this project in October and meet with company representatives last summer at the Paris Air Show,” said Governor Sanders. “This investment will be a boon for the local economy: $63 million and 60 new jobs. More than that, our world is a whole lot less secure than it used to be, and this facility makes our country safer. Thank you to all who made this announcement possible, and thank you to the team in Camden for helping our state stand out.”


“Today, we mark a significant milestone in the Iron Dome program – one of the most important and advanced air defense systems in the world. The establishment of the new facility is the result of strong cooperation between Rafael and Raytheon, who joined forces about 18 years ago,”
said Pini Yungman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Air & Missile Defense Division, Rafael. “We have built and maintained fruitful collaboration based on the shared vision of both companies, committed to the highest level of technological innovation. The United States is a true partner; and local production, which we have aspired to for many years, will strengthen the partnership while safeguarding the interests of all sides. I am confident that we are ready for further cooperation in the future aimed at ensuring the security of the citizens of Israel and America.”


“R2S is pleased to announce today that it’s almost doubling the capital investment for the project here in Camden, Arkansas from $33 million to $63 million, and it may create up to 60 new jobs. This increase represents the commitment by both partners to support this critical project for the USMC and to our allies around the world that depend on a reliable air defense system,”
said Annabel Flores, deputy president of Land & Air Defense Systems, Raytheon.“


None of this could have happened without committed partners in RTX, Rafael, the United State Marine Corp, the Arkansas congressional delegation, Governor Sanders and her economic development team and the Camden community.”


“Securing East Camden’s position as the arsenal of democracy has always been our vision,” said Senator John Boozman. “After years of hard work, I’m proud to celebrate this groundbreaking and advance the vital role the community will play in our national security and supporting our allies well into the future. I will continue advocating for funding to encourage more defense industry investment in our state, help the region grow and provide well-paying jobs for Arkansans.”


“This new facility will usher in high quality jobs for Arkansans and will be instrumental in ensuring the Natural State remains a global leader in aerospace and defense manufacturing. Investments such as this are critical in bolstering our national defense capabilities. Congratulations to R2S, Raytheon, and Rafael on this groundbreaking,”
said Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04)


“Arkansas is a major center for aerospace and defense manufacturing, with an experienced workforce and favorable business environment that helps companies succeed,” said Clint O’Neal, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Congratulations to R2S, Raytheon and Rafael on their groundbreaking in East Camden and to the local leaders for creating the conditions that give companies the confidence to grow in their community.”


“This groundbreaking ceremony represents the culmination of many months of effort by our partners to make this project a reality for our state and community,”
said James Lee Silliman, executive director of the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development. “Our team partners are to be commended for their support on the project. Many thanks are owed to those partners beginning with R2S-RTX/Rafael partnership, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, AEDC, Highland Industrial Park management, Calhoun County Judge Floyd Nutt and my Team Camden members.”


“We are proud that Calhoun County will be the home of the R2S manufacturing facility,”
said Calhoun County Judge Floyd Nutt. “South Arkansas has a long history in aerospace and defense manufacturing, and this project will build on that history. Calhoun County provides a strong workforce and great business environment for R2S’s, RTX’s, and Rafael’s continued growth.”


 

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