Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of high-tech defense systems for air, land, sea and space applications for the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense establishment, as well as for 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.
Rafael is the largest employer in Northern Israel with approximately 7,500 employees and numerous subcontractors and service suppliers.
Rafael was established in 1948 as Israel’s Defense Ministry national research and development laboratory. Initially, the company’s main focus was the development of missile technology. With the years, Rafael started developing advanced weapon systems for all the branches of the IDF. These systems are based on vast expertise, technological know-how, and a thorough understanding of the IDF’s specific operational requirements. Rafael’s solutions helped bolster the IDF’s qualitative advantage, and most of them have already been successfully used in the battlefield. In 2002 Rafael was incorporated into a state-owned company, with the vision of maintaining its technological capabilities and continuing wide-scale R&D programs. Rafael has received 49 Israel Security Awards.
Rafael is Israel’s second largest defense company, with 2017 sales of 2.2 Billion Dollars, an order backlog of 6.9 Billion Dollars and a net profit of 124 Million Dollars.
Partnerships and Cooperation
As part of its corporate culture of partnerships and cooperation, Rafael has created agreements with over 100 governmental, aviation, space and defense organizations in Israel and around the world. These programs allow Rafael and its partners to capitalize on mutual strengths and leverage existing capabilities.
Rafael is divided into seven divisions:
Air Superiority Systems – designs, develops and manufactures world-leading air defense and air-to-air systems. This division is responsible for the design and development of leading air defense and air-to-air systems such as:
– David’s Sling – an air defense system designed to intercept medium range missiles.
Developed in cooperation with Raytheon USA.
– Iron Dome – an air defense system for interception of short-medium range rockets.
– Drone Dome – an end-to-end C-UAS system to detect, Ident and neutralize drones and other UAV.
In addition, this division is also responsible for SPYDER, an air-defense system, based on Rafael’s advanced air-to-air Python-5 and I-Derby missiles, and for C-Dome – a naval point defense system based on its combat-proven Iron Dome system.
Air and C4ISR Division – develops and manufactures a wide array of air and C4ISR systems for targeting and sensor-to-shooter missions, including electro-optic systems, communications and intelligence, as well as cyber systems.
Land and Naval Systems Division – designs, develops and manufactures land, naval and underwater systems.
Manor and Technologies – develops rocket motors, warheads and pyrotechnics, and naval decoys.
R&D and Engineering Division – amalgamates Rafael’s entire R&D activity, with advanced knowledge and capabilities in a variety of fields, including image processing, mechanics, electronics, software, aeronautical and micro-electronics, and more. Each year Rafael invests over 8% of its sales in R&D.
Ordnance and National Infrastructure Division – manages national development centers and infrastructure, including the national test-range, the Center for Military Research, and the Center for EW Simulation.