Interview with Major General Ilan Biran, Chairman of the Board, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. on 07 February 2013
Highlights from the interview & technical summaries provided are given below:-
Philosophy. Rafael is a cornerstone in the defense of Israel and the philosophy of that defense is the ability to provide an effective and credible deterrence capability against military threats to maintain peace.
The Company. Rafael has a 60 year history with a highly qualified work force & combat proven products used by land,air & naval forces of Israel as well as other countries.
Achieving Air Superiority & Air Defense. Rafael offers a full range of multi layered mixed defense systems protection to meet the demand for air superiority & air defense. These are capable of handling aircraft, unmanned vehicles, helicopters, missiles, PGMs, cruise missiles, new generation tactical ballistic missiles & rockets to provide protection to military infrastructure and civil population centres. The systems are integrated and coordinated providing a tri services solution with interoperability. Rapid response, mobility & transportability are built in. The open system architecture creates flexibility and compatibility reduces costs as well as simplifies training.
These are capable of handling aircraft, unmanned vehicles, helicopters, missiles, PGMs, cruise missiles, new generation tactical ballistic missiles & rockets to provide protection to military infrastructure and civil population centres.
Multi Tiered Systems. Two separate double tiered systems consisting of the Iron Dome & David’s Sling components provide defense against short range threats such as artillery rockets, shells & mortars (Iron Dome), and medium/long range rockets, short range ballistic missiles & cruise missiles (David’s Sling). The former has already proved its effectiveness in countering rocket attacks on Israel. The other set of systems is the Spyder family of Spyder Short Range (SHORAD) slant launched system & the vertically launched Spyder Medium Range system. The Spyder SR has proved itself in combat. All systems are supported by the Modular Integrated C4I Air Defense (MIC4IAD) for effective & integrated command & control. Another system is the Barak 1 Naval AD System for point defense at sea & handles threats including supersonic sea skimming cruise missile. The improved capability Barak 8 long range SAM is being developed.
Air To Air Systems. The Derby AAM is an active radar short range & BVR missile with an all weather capability. Pre & post launch lock on capability provides flexibility at short & long ranges. The Python 5 IIR missile covers the envelope from close combat to BVR with an all aspect capability.
Other Systems. Air to Ground systems, communication & Electronic Warfare systems, Electro Optical systems & unmanned systems are also produced by Rafael.