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Ensuring tactical overmatch against a broad spectrum of threats (sponsored)

9th September 2019 - 09:47 GMT | by Industry Spotlight


This article is brought to you by RAFAEL.

Defence of the home front, population centres as well as FOBs and manoeuvring forces from a variety of missile and rocket threats is a strategic imperative. With systems such as IRON DOME, SPYDER, DRONE DOME and MIC4AD, RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., has taken a leading position as a skilled developer and manufacturer of advanced weapon systems in the Air and Missile defence market.

RAFAEL's Air and Missile defence systems of systems provide a complete solution ensuring tactical overmatch against a broad spectrum of threats. The solution is based on a multi-layered approach that has been designed to provide optimum protection against all current and future airborne threats.

With over 2,000 combat interceptions and ~90% success rate, RAFAEL’s IRON DOME features multi-mission capabilities, scalability and mobility, to provide both stationary and manoeuvring forces the ultimate defence solution against a wide spectrum of threats, from very short range mortars and rockets, to UAV’s, aircraft (fixed-wing and rotary), up to threats launched from ranges of 70 km on land and at sea (C-DOME). Iron Dome’s  mobile variant is an integrated configuration that enables all system components to be installed on one single truck, providing protection of motorized or mechanized troops, as well as point air defence of military/industrial/administrative installations.

SPYDER is a quick reaction, low level surface-to-air missile system designed to counter attacks by aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and precision guided munitions.  The system incorporates RAFAEL's most advanced, proven performance air-to-air missiles - the I-Derby/I-Derby ER active radar (RF) missiles and Python-5, a dual waveband Imaging Infra Red (IIR) missile. The SPYDER family includes SPYDER-SR (Short Range), SPYDER-ER (Extended Range), SPYDER-MR (Medium Range) and SPYDER-LR (Long Range) systems.

DRONE DOME is designed to address the threat posed by hostile drones both in military scenarios of all kinds, to protect forces, stationary and manoeuvring, and military facilities.


To address the continuous need of emerging and increasing threats posed by drones and mini-UAV’s, RAFAEL has developed DRONE DOME.

Operational and in-service with customers around the world, DRONE DOME is designed to address the threat posed by hostile drones both in military scenarios of all kinds, to protect forces, stationary and manoeuvring, and military facilities, but also to provide protection for civilian assets, such as airports, public facilities, or any other sites that might be vulnerable to the increasing threat of both terror, criminal or stray drones.  DRONE DOME’s algorithms enable very high quality automatic target recognition, as well as a laser element, to perform hard-kill –burn out the drone or to completely destroy it by destruction of its internal or external mechanism.

The DRONE DOME is an innovative end-to-end system designed to provide effective airspace defence against hostile drones (Micro and Nano UAVs) used by terrorists to perform aerial attacks, collect intelligence, and other intimidating activities. DRONE DOME is operational under all-weather condition, 24 hours a day, has 360° circular coverage and is designed to detect, track, and neutralise drones classified as threats flying in No-Fly zones. DRONE DOME has a very fast response time, it causes minimal collateral interruptions to the surrounding urban environment, with maximum safety to friendly aircraft.

These systems and others, require effective and efficient allocation and management of missions. RAFAEL’s Modular Integrated C4I Air Defense - MIC4AD, provides a total solution for multi-systems, multi-layer and multi-range air and missile defence threats. MIC4AD, already operational and in-service, provides effective fire control, with a flexible resource management engine creating an optimized solution to all threats at any level of command (national, regional or tactical). The system is user-friendly and easily operated. It combines automated capabilities and advanced interactive displays.

MIC4AD operational concept takes into account several defence circles. It exploits offline resources (Data Base, Digital Terrain Model, and Intelligence) and real-time data (Radar, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System or other systems) all connected to the Air Traffic Control Picture and to the Mission Planning system. Together they build the National Air Situation Picture (ASP). MIC4AD powerful correlation engine correlates data from multiple sensors/platforms (radars, data link and electro-optics) and delivers real time, unified, coherent tactical picture. MIC4AD also performs threat assessment and provides hostile target classification, interception plan and effective command of the weapon system launching process.

MIC4AD optimizes resource management and allocates the most appropriate defence system, any kind of customer's operational air defence systems, to the type of threat. MIC4AD is a force-multiplier that offers multi-mission, multi-layer and multi-range C4I capabilities to ensure end-to-end air and missile protection.

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