What is the update on the IAF’s plan to fit Rafael’s Litening electro-optic systems on to its fighter fleet? Have you supplied the equipment to the IAF already?
Litening is a combat-proven multi-spectral airborne targeting pod. It is designed for targeting and designation of targets by day and night. Litening presents pilots with real-time, Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) and TV HD colour camera imagery. The Litening Pod is in operational use worldwide. Over 1,500 Pods have already been sold to customers around the world. It is integrated on more than 20 platforms: Western, Eastern, European and more. We are current awaiting final ratification by the government of India for a go ahead so that the deal can get under way.
How do you plan to support government’s ‘Make in India’ policies?
Rafael is committed to the Make in India programme. Rafael has always been willing to transfer technology as required. Israel and India have a special relationship and have in the past cooperated in the joint development and transfer of technology (ToT) for certain weapons and electronic systems.
For us, India and of course the Indian industries are strategic and important partners and we are constantly striving to create additional partnerships and joint ventures with them to address offset needs. One of Rafael’s strength is our ability for technology and knowledge transfer and producing systems at the buyer facilities. Spike is an excellent example to prove this asset. This is also the reason why we are displaying some of our systems in our partners’ booths at DefExpo 2016, including BFL, Reliance/Pipavav, BDL and Astra.
Should strategic partnership come about by the MoD, Rafael will be happy to work with the appropriate agency identified by the government of India.
Give us an update on the on-going programmes with the Indian defence forces in the areas of tactical missiles, air defence and network centric communication?
Rafael’s strategy has always been to broaden its activities all around the globe by creating partnerships and establish joint ventures and we have achieved over 100 of them.
For us, India, and the Indian industry are strategic and important partners and we are constantly striving to create additional partnerships and joint ventures with them to address offset needs. One of Rafael’s strength is our ability for technology and knowledge transfer and producing systems at the buyer facilities. Spike is an excellent example to prove this asset.
Among all these programmes, which one will be top in your priority for this year?
We are optimistic that in 2016 we will be able to see significant progress on all fronts and continue our excellent cooperation with our Indian counterparts and provide the Indian army with advanced systems that will give it a major technological edge, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the local industries to develop our technologies and produce a benefit for the local economy.
What are the major challenges for you while doing business here in India?
Today’s defence markets are shifting from buying complete systems from foreign suppliers (Buy) to local production of such systems (Make) — a trend requiring efficient capability to transfer manufacturing technologies, know-how and monitor quality assurance, all that under complex offset rules that require significant flexibility and resilience to maintain a profitable operation.
Rafael is constantly seeking new partnership and joint ventures with Indian companies for cooperation that will help drive forward our mutual ability to address local needs and operational requirements.
One of our strengths is our proven experience of transfer of technology and meeting offset requirements by driving from buy to make with the local industry.
In the area of cyber security, what do you have on offer? Have you offered these products and solutions to the Indian security agencies?
As an answer to the ever-growing domain of cyber warfare and its strategic threat to critical infrastructure of governments and national bodies, Rafael has developed the cyber dome – a patent-based one-of-a-kind holistic suite of cyber defence solutions. We have introduced our capabilities in the cyber arena to a number of Indian representatives both in India and in Israel. We are currently evaluating entering into partnerships with potential Indian companies with whom we have already had discussion.
What will be your focus at DefExpo this year? What technologies and systems are you planning to bring to the show?
As part of its strategy to expand its international partnerships and strengthen its ties with local companies in India, Rafael will present the following systems at partners’ booths:
• Spike MR+Simulator (at BDL)
• Samson 30mm Advanced Remote Weapon stations (RWS) designed for high performance and survivability with SPIKE LR – Precision Missile Systems (at BFL)
• Protector Unmanned Surface Vehicle + Typhoon and mini-Typhoon naval RWS (at Reliance/Pipavav)
• BNET SDR Family — Broadband MANET IP Software-Defined Radio for ground and air applications and TacMAX — family of base, relay and mobile stations delivers high quality broadband video, data and voice services to ground forces (at Astra).
Rafael will display the additional systems across domains. In the land domain, we will display:
• Trophy HV: The world’s only combat-proven Active Protection System for armoured vehicles
• Samson 30mm Advanced Remote Weapon stations (RWS) designed for high performance and survivability with Spike LR – precision missile systems
• Spyder SR/MR: Family of Short and Medium Range Air Defence systems using the i-Derby and Python-5 missiles
• Spike Family: Multi-Purpose, Tactical, Guided-Missile Systems (including a Helicopter Simulator)
In the air domain:
• Python-5: Full sphere air-to-air IR missile and air defence missile
• I-Derby: Beyond visual range, SDR seeker, air-to-air and air defence missile
• I-Derby ER: Innovative active radar air-to-air missile. The missile incorporates the innovative I-Derby software-defined RF seeker, combined with a unique increase of kinematic performance, with ranges of up to 100 km
In the sea domain:
• C-DOME: Active air defence for ships and other naval and land assets
• Naval Electronic Warfare Systems
• Sea Spotter: Naval IR Staring and Tracking system (IRST)
• Toplite EOS: Electro-Optical Surveillance, Observation & Targeting System