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military platforms, develops new technologies for
defense, homeland security and commercial aviation
applications and provides a range of support
Elbit Systems is very active in aircraft and
helicopter upgrade projects, advanced avionics,
helmet-mounted systems, head-up displays, digital
maps, mission computers, aerial reconnaissance
systems and guided munitions systems. Its pilot
helmet was selected for the Lockheed Martin F-35.
The company has become a major UAS supplier
and was selected to provide its Hermes-450
UAV system as the basis for the British army's
WATCHKEEPER Program. The Company
also offers unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs),
unmanned turrets and autonomous weapon
Elbit Systems manufacture fire control systems,
thermal imaging and laser systems, displays,
electrical turret drives, and overhead remote-control
unmanned turret weapon systems. Also command,
control, communications, computers (C4I), including
information and battle management systems
and software-intensive C4I programs for various
applications. Selected to lead the IDF's Digital Army
Program, Elbit Systems is integrating all land C4I
applications and systems for this ground- breaking
Additionally, Elbit Systems is a world leader in
military communications equipment and solutions.
The ELOP division of Elbit systems manufactures
some of the most advanced electro optical payloads
available on the market.
This effort can be summarized by the fact that the
first counter measure system that protects airliners
from shoulder-launched missiles was installed
recently on an EL AL 737. The Commercial Multi-
Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (C-MUSIC) is
operated while this aircraft serves various EL AL
The installation on the EL AL aircraft followed
a series of successful flight tests onboard a
Boeing 707. The system, designed to protect large
jet aircraft against shoulder-launched missiles
(MANPADS), was proven effective, successfully
performing all of the needed functions.
The threat of MANPADS has grown considerably
over the last few years. One reason is that a large
amount of these missiles were looted from the
Libyan army warehouses after Kaddafi was ousted
In recent years the name Rafael has been identified
with two unique systems that are part of Israel's
multi-layered defence against rockets and ballistic
The first is Rafael's "Iron Dome". This system is
designed to intercept short-range rockets and in
the "Pillar of Defense " operation in the Gaza strip
achieved a 90 % intercept of rockets that were
launched into Israel.
"David's Sling" is the second layer with the
Arrow-2, and Arrow-3 the third tier against ballistic
missiles. "David's Sling" is designed to intercept
rockets with a range of 70 to 250 km but this
capability will increase in the future. The system is
also designed to intercept cruise missiles.
The cruise missiles intercept capability has been
designed as "threats are changing" according to
The rocket used by the "David's Sling" system is
dubbed "Stunner". This has a "Dolphin Head" nose
section with a dual seeker capability.
Rafael sources explained that the "Dolphin
Head" shape allows the two seekers to function
simultaneously with no interference even in "extreme
conditions". The sources said that the dual seeker
will ensure high sensitivity under all weather
conditions and give immunity to deception and
The 4.60 meter long Stunner, uses a multi-pulse
Rafael has confirmed that it is developing a 6th
generation air-to-air missile but was only able to say
that it will use different but existing "building blocks".
The technology developed for the "Stunner" will be
used in all next generation air-to-air missile.
Rafael Advanced Defence Systems develops and
produces state-of-the-art armaments for the Israel
Defense Forces (IDF) while deriving its economic
strength from international sales. The company
provides innovative solutions from underwater,
naval, land, and air and space systems. RAFAEL
focuses on such areas as Electronic Warfare (EW),
Command, Control, Communications, Computers
and Intelligence (C4I), training and simulators,
armor, and precision-guided weapon systems.
One very good example of Rafael's ability to
develop an advanced weapon system is the "Spice"
family of smart bombs.
The Israeli airforce (IAF) is equipping its fighter
fleet with these new gliding bombs, known as
the Spice 250. Some specifics of that advanced
weapon systems have been recently unveiled.
The previous members of the Spice family came
in kit form that was attached to 1000 and 2000
pound bombs. This time the Israeli company is
supplying a complete system.
The Rafael Spice 250 can be loaded with 100
optional targets in a given area.
The image-matching sensor of the Spice gives
it a CEP of less than 3 meters. The basic Spice is
used on MK-84 2000 pound bombs giving a range
of over 60 km. This version is operational in IAF and
has been used in combat.
The kit has been also adapted to Mk-83 1000
pound bombs giving a 100 + km range. The
upgrade effort is also aimed at extending the range
The Spice's deployable wings allow an aircraft to
carry more bombs.
The weapon is navigated by a GPS/INS Satellite/
Inertial Navigation system.
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