Rafael Showcasing Latest Systems at England’s International Airshow

Rafael is using the show to promote the Litening 4 version of its established air targeting and navigation pod..

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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., one of the developers of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system which has been making headlines these days, intercepting rockets launched from Gaza, believes that its reorganization into three divisions — air superiority, land and naval systems, and air and C4ISR — will help it to be more responsive to its customers. This according to an interview Yuval Miller, General Manager of Air and C4ISR Systems, gave Aviation International News last week.

“We’re more focused on the customer now, and not just focused on technology, ” said Miller.

He made the comments while representing Rafael at this past week’s 2014 Farnborough International Airshow in England.

Rafael is using the show to promote the Litening 4 version of its established air targeting and navigation pod. It features an improved sensor package and optimized electronics with a better mean time between failure rate and maintainability. The latest pod also includes new image-processing capability that can be used in a greater variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground modes. “It’s not just a designation pod for LGBs [laser-guided bombs], it’s a very necessary tool for the pilot and can provide better close air support, ” said Miller.

Just last month, Rafael unveiled the latest member of its Spice (smart, precise impact, cost-effective) family of precision guided glide bombs, the Spice 250.

Regarding that system, Miller said, “If you compare Spice 250 with the bigger versions, the main difference is that aircraft can increase their [weapons] load significantly, carrying four Spice 250s on a smart rack. It will have standoff capability for over 100 km and can engage a variety of targets. It’s good for scenarios where you want to have a total shock-and-awe effect but can also engage moving and time-critical targets.”

Rafael, Israel’s second largest defense company, develops and manufactures advanced defense systems for the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense establishment, as well as for foreign customers around the world. The company offers its customers a diversified array of innovative solutions at the leading edge of global technology, from underwater systems through naval, ground, and air superiority systems to space systems.

In 2013, Rafael posted sales of 2.047 Billion Dollars, an order backlog of 4.3 Billion Dollars and a net profit of 101 Million Dollars.

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