Tag Archives | Rafael

‘Simply because there is no alternative’

If there was scepticism about the initiative, it disappeared. The need simply eliminated it. The USA needs it, other fighting armies need it. Active protection on low-flying aircraft is an urgent operational requirement. When Flight exposed a few months ago that Rafael plans to adapt its Trophy active protection system for use on helicopters and […]

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Chinook downing may accelerate adoption of new measures

The shooting down of a US Chinook helicopter last Saturday in Afghanistan that killed 38 soldiers – 30 Americans and eight Afghans - will accelerate the efforts to equip helicopters with active systems that can protect them from rockets. This is the assessment of sources in Israel. As reported in Flight, Rafael plans to adapt its […]

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Nano, Micro and Mini satellites in Israel – an operational need?

Nano, micro and mini satellites. The question is not only whether these small space system will become operational tools for military use but for other users too.Israel has been involved in the nano/micro/mini satellite effort for some years, but until now there has been no sign that these very small space marvels are at the […]

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RecceLite at forefront of fight against modern geurrilla warfare

In recent times, wars have featured good military systems, not only weapons, and proved they are essential to the most common type of battle fought these days.In most wars today, armies fight organisations that are inferior in equipment but know the combat terrain.Israel has gained vast experience in fighting guerrilla groups and its defence industries […]

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Adding “Spice” to bomb arsenals

Commonality is often a key word in the procurement plans of many airforces.The commanders do not want to have dozens of bomb types in their arsenal but they still need flexibility.The solution – an add-on device that can control many types of munitions according to the mission.One very good example of that trend is the […]

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Government needs to implement IMI and Rafael merger plan

The Israeli government is the sole shareholder of the country’s biggest aerospace and defence industries. This fact is not reflected in the attitude of the respective ministers to the companies which feel deserted. “We are orphans,” a source in one of the companies said on 14 July.The consolidation process that changed the face of the […]

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Missiles’ building blocks enable multi-usage

Air-to-air missiles become surface-to-air and now there are indications that surface-to-air will become air-to-surface and, in the future, surface-to-air may be attached to wings of fighter aircraft. Confused? This transition may look strange at first glance, but to the Israeli missiles manufacturers it seems to be the right development. At first, Rafael revealed an effort […]

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Trophy tank system could protect helicopters from RPGs

It is one of those development programmes a defence company knows it has to undertake – especially in Israel – protecting helicopters from attack from the ground. The engineers and technicians work on the project with the knowledge they are doing the right thing.The problem is international. Helicopters are easy prey for the most simple […]

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The data organiser – Rafael’s solution in operation

Don’t leave base without it. This sentence will be painted on the walls of any briefing room of a modern air force fighter squadron.The need to handle the ocean of data derived from many sensors has created a line of systems aimed at handling this never-ending stream of data of all sorts.Rafael is the natural […]

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Super targets for super threats – the Israeli effort

As the threat grows, the effort to deal with it grows and so, too, does the means to test whether this effort is successful. The threat is the full current and future range of rockets and ballistic missiles developed by countries such as Iran.The threat will take a frightening twist when Iran has the capability […]

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