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IDEX News: Israel's Rafael announces IDEX and NAVDEX participation

Updated: Feb 15


Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel says it "is proud to participate in the IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 Defence Exhibitions in Abu Dhabi." The massive defense exhibitions will take place from February 21st to February 25th, 2021.

"We are honored and proud to participate in this defence exhibition, as we usher in a new era in the relations between our nations. Rafael is known in Israel and around the world for its excellence, innovation and an uncompromising vision to develop and manufacture the highest quality of technological solutions. We look forward to sharing this innovation and world-class, ground-breaking capabilities with our partners in Middle East and in the rest of the world," said Rafael President and CEO Yoav Har-Even.


Rafael developed Israel's Iron Dome and also the Trophy system. It also owns part of Aeronautics. It has a 70 year legacy of leading Israel's research and development in defense systems. Lately it has been pioneering artificial intelligence uses for defense, including scene matching and automatic target recognition and surveillance scanning sensor techniques. It also makes a range of digital military configurations such as Fire Weaver that is aiding soldiers become more embedded in a digital environment, tying together commanders and intelligence and enabling better coordination at the front.


IDEX is expected to have more than 40 companies. ISDEF, which is part of Avnon group, has organized the pavilion and Israeli companies will attend publicly for the first time. In the past we have noted Aeronautic's participation, IAI and IMCO.


The company is one of Israel's three defense giants. Like IAI it is historically linked to the government. It employs 8,000 people. "Rafael is engaged in over 100 cooperation agreements and joint ventures in Israel and around the world, and is constantly seeking global industrial strategic partnerships in multiple areas, to include cyber, intelligence, space, electro-optics, AI and other advanced defense applications," it says.


"In IDEX 2021, Rafael will present a variety of technological systems that address current and emerging cross-service operational needs, featuring high-end advanced Artificial Intelligence, Big Data analysis and data fusion, deep learning capabilities and cyber defense solutions," the company says. Rafael's artificial intelligence expertise "play a central role in the company's autonomous battlefield capabilities that enable multi-system integration and net-centric operation, autonomous land navigation in GPS-denied environments, autonomous mission planning, and situational awareness, using highly-capable electro-optical sensor systems. An example of the merger of these capabilities can also be found in Rafael's Next Generation Combat Vehicle Suite."


The Typhoon NLOS (Courtesy Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)


Rafael's naval display will consist of the following:


Naval Remote Weapon Station C-UAS

TYPHOON C-UAS Naval Remote Weapon Station - The NRWS C-UAS capitalizes on Rafael's world-renowned, long-standing Typhoon family of combat-proven naval defence solutions.

Missile Systems:

Naval SPIKE – The maritime version of the SPIKE missile:

Naval SPIKE ER, and Naval SPIKE NLOS electro-optical, guided missiles with ranges of 10 and 32 km respectively.


Electronic Warfare:


Rafael's advanced EW solutions include the SEWS-DV, C-GEM C-Pearl DV and the Wizard, supporting all EW related tasks of the modern naval combat vessel.


Vessel Protection Suite (VPS)


Rafael's Vessel Protection Suite (VPS) is an integrative, networked solution for asymmetric naval warfare against surface and air swarms. The VPS provides multi-layered Soft and Hard Defense (SHD) solutions that include a diverse mix of synchronized smart multi-spectral sensors, weapons and intelligent effectors, managed by a centralized Artificial-Intelligence (AI)-based system incorporating Battle Algorithm (BA) software.


Coastal Defense Solution


The complete naval solution is based on Rafael’s unique AI capabilities, a wide range of communication systems for voice, video and data, which connect all sensors (stationary, mobile or airborne) and all mobile units to headquarters, over a single, secure network and a central Command and Control system, where all data generated by system elements, including external information systems, is received and processed.


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