New Delhi: A clutch of missiles, a range of unmanned ariel vehicles (UAV’s) and communication systems will form the thrust of land and air defence systems at the display by Israel’s Rafael when it participates at DEFEXPO – Feb 6 to Feb 9 – at New Delhi
The Israeli company will show its advanced Air Defense systems. Leading the pack will be the ‘Iron Dome’ a combat-proven active defense system against short range artillery rockets. The Mediterranean country uses the ‘Iron dome’ system to thwart attacks originating from the restive Gaza Strip – under Palestine control. A built in response system of the Iron Dome relying on mix of sensors picks up the incoming rockets in mid-flight and fires a missile to bring down the rocket – all within a matter of seconds.
Among the spectrum of missiles on display will be the ‘Spyder’ family of short and medium range air defense systems; the ‘Python-5’ a full sphere air-to-air IR missile and air defense missile; the ‘Derby’ a beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile and air defense missile and also the ‘MIC4AD’ – an abbreviation for Modular, Integrated C4I Air and missile Defense System. Some of these products are on short-list of the Indian armed forces for purchase. In August 2009, the India's defense ministry approved a $ 2.5 billion joint IAI-Rafael deal to develop a new and advanced version of the Spyder surface-to-air missile system.
The ‘Spike’ is a multi-purpose, tactical, guided missile systems, the ‘spike team trainer’ used to train the launch team will be at the DEFEXPO.
Rafael was at 52nd rank of the ‘top-100’ list of global arms companies compiled by internationally respected think-tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released on January 31. It did arms sales worth US $ 1.7 Billion in 2012.
It provides for advanced combat proven land and naval systems add survivability, lethality and maneuverability to armoured vehicles. India has three armoured-heavy Strike corps to face Pakistan and has floated tenders for upgrading and adding self protection suites for tanks and infantry personnel carriers – termed as BMP’s.
The ‘trophy APS’ is family of Active Protection solutions for armored vehicles, the ‘samson’ RWS – Remote Weapon Stations is for land applications while the Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon – Remote Weapon Stations for naval applications.
On the UAV and communication front the Rafael display is expected to be rich in content. The ‘reccelite’ is a real-time Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) system. The ‘litening’ when airborne provide targeting and navigation pod. The ‘imilite’ can collate data and imagery from multiple sources and do several simultaneous tasks to read and analyse the available imagery. Rafael is also offering a broadband software defined radio and a tactical wireless communication system on WiMax.