Rafael sells anti-tank missiles and bombs to an Asian customer for $200M

TEL AVIV, (BM) – Rafael sells anti-tank missiles and bombs to an undisclosed Asian customer for totalling of $200 million learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. The deal was announced by the Rafael’s statement and is about Spike anti-tank missiles, SPICE guided bombs and a BNet radio system.

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Rafael’s statement said the contract was worth $ 200 million. As part of it, it must provide undiscovered Asian state anti-tank guided missiles, Spike, guided bombs Spice 2000, and an advanced communication system BNet.

Among the aforementioned Rafael products, Spike’s ATGMs are the most famous in Poland – they are electro-optically guided anti-tank missiles, available in several versions: from the lightest Spike-SR, through Spike-MR, Spike-LR / LR2, and Spike-ER / ER2, to the heaviest Spike NLOS with a range of 32 km, with LR / LR2 and heavier missiles capable of correcting flight after firing.

To date, Spike missiles have been sold to 35 countries, including 19 NATO members. A total of over 33 thousand Spike missiles of all versions and more than 6 thousand dismissed during trials and combat operations.

SPICE is a family of precision bombs developed by Rafael. SPICE 1000/2000 systems are equipped with electro-optical heads and terrain leveling algorithms using artificial intelligence (AI) and a GPS-independent navigation system. SPICE 1000 and 2000 bombs can be created by converting classic 1000- or 2000-kg unguided bombs [fragmentation or penetration]. On the other hand, the lighter SPICE 250 bombs, with a payload of 125 kg, can automatically detect and track targets (including moving and marine targets) and a two-way data link capable of fighting objects at a distance over 100 km.

BNet is a new generation broadband communication system based on programmable radios, designed for various levels, from single soldiers to combat platforms, including combat vehicles and aircraft. It allows the connection of elements in a single, secure broadband network and the mutual transfer of data for combat purposes. As Joav Vermouth, Rafael’s vice president and head of C3 in SKANER Defense24 said, BNet’s feature is integrating radios with, for example, battlefield management systems [BMS] from different manufacturers.

Three Israeli companies rise in the global defense industry rankings

As we reported in September, three of Israel’s leading defense companies have significantly improved their positions this year. The leader of the military high-tech company Elbit Systems increased sales by 22% (to $ 4 billion) and moved up from 35th to 31st place in the rating of the international auditing company Baker Tilly, based in London.

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This breakthrough was largely due to the merger with another Israeli defense company, IMI-Israel Defense Industry [formerly TAS]. Elbit completed its acquisition at the end of 2018. Among the recent large orders of Elbit, one can mention the victory in the tender for the supply of electronic components for the US Army Bradlay infantry fighting vehicles in the amount of $ 79 million over 5 years. This was reported yesterday by the Israeli edition Bizportal.

The state-owned aviation industry moved up from 44th to 41st place with $ 3 billion in military sales [+ 14%]. Military products account for two-thirds of its sales. Finally, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems climbed from 46th to 44th place with $ 2.75 billion in sales, up 6% from last year.

The Baker Tilly report confirms the continued leading positions of American companies in the ranking of the defense industry. Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the F-35 stealth aircraft, remains the world’s largest military industrial company with $ 56.6 billion in 2019 sales (+ 12%).

Boeing is in second place with its F-18 aircraft and KC-46 air tankers. Over the year, their sales increased by 1% to 34.3 billion. The Americans are also in third place – General Dynamics, which produces surface and submarine warships [29.5 billion, + 7%].

American dominance is nothing new. But the gradual ousting of Europeans by Chinese defense companies is a trend of the last year. The manufacturer of aircraft, including the J-20 stealth aircraft, the Chinese company AVIC ranked 6th with $ 27.45 billion in sales. In 8th place is China North Industries, which develops weapons for the ground army.

“Compared to the strengthening of Chinese companies, which took two places in the top ten, the weakening of European companies is especially striking. Of these, only the British BEA managed to stay in the top ten. The French Thales and the Italian Leonardo fell into the second ten, as did the Russian Almaz-Antey,” the Israeli newspaper Kalkalist quotes a leading expert at Baker Tilly.

Read more: Israel has successfully tested a new automatic target recognition for its Spice-250 air-to-surface munition

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