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Rafael, Israeli Navy New Submarine Sonar Significantly Increases Detection

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

A new sonar system developed by the Israel Navy and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. significantly improves the newly acquired Dolphin submarines’ detection capabilities, Globes reported Wednesday.

The new sonar complements the original sonar systems installed on the Dolphin submarines by the German manufacturer. The additional sonar system algorithms enable it to ignore noises that can disrupt the range of the systems’ activity, while at the same time detecting distant noises—to enhance the capabilities of the German sonar system.

Israel Navy underwater combat systems section head Lieutenant Colonel Tal Schwartzmann told Globes: “Under the conditions of a submarine in combat, there is no time. We have a saying that whoever detects the threat first is the one to attack and destroy the other side.” In that context, Schwartzmann said, “the new sonar increases our detection rate by up to 40%, thereby enabling us to neutralize noises that interfere with the submarine’s work.”

Using the new sonar, the Israeli Dolphins will detect vessels equipped with advanced quiet engines, including “another submarine … and start following it long before the other submarine’s crew realizes that it has been detected, if it ever does,” Schwartzmann said.

The Dolphin 2-class diesel-electric submarine was developed and constructed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW), Germany, for the Israeli Navy. They are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II, and the most expensive (half a billion dollars each, give or take) single vehicles in the IDF.

David Israel

Israeli Defense Companies Converge on Industry’s Next Big Market — Poland

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Poland is developing an ambitious, multi billion dollar program of modernizing its armed forces, which is attracting several Israeli-based companies, including Elbit Systems, Rafael and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), all of which are attending this year’s MSPO exhibition in Kielce in south central Poland (halfway between Częstochowa and Lublin).

Israel Sharon, IAI’s marketing manager for Poland, told Shephard Media that Israel’s defense strategy “seems to be similar to Polish strategic thinking. More emphasis is put on the national indigenous defense capacity, strongly embedded in an alliance, but able to stand alone in deterring any aggression.”

Elbit Systems is looking to sell Poland its Hermes 450 medium size multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle, designed for tactical long endurance missions.

The Raytheon Company, a major US defense contractor, announced on Tuesday that it had offered to sell to Poland the SkyCeptor interceptor, a modified version of the Stunner interceptor, jointly developed by Israel and the US, which is in production and field testing by the IDF as part of the David’s Sling system, Shephard reported. Skyceptor will be integrated with the Patriot air and missile defense system.

Poland would be using its version of the David’s Sling system as part of the Wisla missile defense program. In July, Poland’s state-run defense group PGZ signed a letter of intent with Raytheon to cooperate on Poland’s new missile defense program Wisla, which included acquisition of Patriot missiles. Now Raytheon expects Wisla to be getting the green light from the Polish Ministry of Defense, which will submit a formal letter of request (LOR) to the US to purchase the Patriot.

John Baird, Raytheon’s VP of Poland programs, told reporters in Kielce that the inclusion of the SkyCeptor interceptor as part of the Patriot package is a cheaper option against “short-to-medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced air defense threats.”

“We have embarked over the past three years to produce and develop a US-compliant variant of Stunner,” Raytheon’s Dave Orr explained, adding “we think we can develop within 36 months of contract award SkyCepter missiles for the Polish Armed Forces.”

IAI is also bidding for the modernization of the Polish MiG-29 fighter jets and legacy helicopters. According to Shephard, IAI has already entered into an agreement with the Czech company Retia to produce air defense radar systems.

JNi.Media

David’s Sling Air Defense System Passes Final Test

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Israel’s ‘David’s Sling’ air defense system passed its final round of testing Monday and is on course for deployment in 2016, the Defense Ministry announced.

The system is being jointly developed and produced by Israeli state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and top U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon Co.

David’s Sling was put through its paces in a test field in southern Israel in advance of delivery to the Air Force by April 2016. The IAF is to receive two batteries in the first stage of deployment, although a total of four are to be delivered to the military. The system can be deployed in both mobile and permanent environments, which allows for flexible maneuvers in accordance with military requirements, similar to that of the Iron Dome.

Likewise, David’s Sling can operate independently or integrated with the Iron Dome and Arrow air defense systems, based on Israel’s security needs at time of deployment.

The system, also known as the “Magic Wand,” is designed to shoot down medium-range rockets fired at Israel, with ranges of 100 km to 200 km (63 to 125 miles). The anti-missile system can also shoot down hostile aircraft and low-flying cruise missiles when necessary.

Although the Defense Ministry gave no specific details about the targets that were identified and shot down on Monday, officials said that in general, the system can identify and intercept missiles capable of bearing a warhead carrying hundreds of kilograms of explosives.

David’s Sling is intended to fill the operational gap between the currently operating Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the longest-range Arrow ballistic missile interceptor. Both are already deployed.

“This series of tests completes the first chapter in development and will allow us to bring the system to the Air Force soon,” a senior Defense Ministry weapons development specialist said.

The head of the project from Israeli defense firm Rafael, Shlomo S., added, “This feels like a dream come true, as the goals and targets we had were achieved in full, and that is a rare thing in the development of systems of this kind.”

Hana Levi Julian

Spike

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

India is buying $525 million dollars worth of Spike anti-tank missiles from Rafael. This is what they’re buying…

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Israel Beats Out US for $525 Million Arms Sale to India

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

India has chosen to purchase Israel’s Spike anti-tank missiles, made by Rafael, after rejecting a competing offer for US Lockheed Martin’s Javelin missiles, according to a Reuters report.

India will buy 8000 missiles and 300 launchers from Israel.

Faced with attacks from Pakistan and tension with China, India wants to the weapon’s procurement deal to go through fast.

Spike is an Israeli fourth generation portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile. The Spike missile works by locking onto its target before launching. Some variations allow for the operator to make in-course corrections, and even choose new targets mid-flight.

The missile uses a double warhead, the first to detonate any explosive reactive armor and the second to destroy and penetrate the underlying armor.

India is currently the world’s largest arms buyer, so hopefully, Israel will see many more deals in the future.

Shalom Bear

Israel’s Rafael Unveils ‘Star Wars’ Like Missile Defense System

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled its latest missile defense system, called Iron Beam, which uses lasers to destroy incoming rockets and mortars.

“It’s exactly like what you see in ‘Star Wars,’” Rafael spokesman Amit Zimmer said at the Singapore Airshow, the Associated Press reported. “You see the lasers go up so quickly like a flash and the target is finished.”

According to Rafael, the Iron Beam system is designed to intercept super close-range drones, rockets, and mortars that aren’t in the air long enough for the Iron Dome system to pick up. Military experts agree that it will be a potentially effective addition to Israel’s battlefield-tested Iron Dome system.

Iron Beam is the latest project in Israel’s comprehensive missile defense system. Rafael, along with American defense company Raytheon, has also been developing David’s Sling, a mid-range missile defense system. Israel successfully tested that system last November.

JNS News Service

IDF Hits Syrian Military Position with Tammuz Missile

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

In response to the mortar fire that hit the Israeli side of the Golan on Saturday multiple times, on Saturday afternoon the IDF launched a “Tammuz” missile at at least one of the Syrian military positions that launched the mortars.

The missile hit the position and took out a Syrian’s mortar cannon. It’s unknown if any Syrian soldiers were hit in the retaliatory strike.

The Tammuz guided missile has a range of 25 kilometers, can track a target independently, and can penetrate the armor of any tank. Each missile costs half a million shekels.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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