Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has officially unveiled an advanced “Sky Sonic” interceptor to meet the growing threat of hypersonic missiles.
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The Israeli defence technology company unveiled the hypersonic missile defence system for the first time at the Paris Air Show on 19 June.
Hypersonic missiles present a new challenge for missile defence as they travel at high speeds, while maintaining accuracy and manoeuvrability including affecting course changes mid-flight.
Rafael chairman Dr Yuval Steinitz said the Sky Sonic provides a defensive response to the growing threat of hypersonic missiles by effectively neutralising them with unmatched precision and stealth.
“Rafael has identified a marked increase and arousing interest in the international arena with proven operational capabilities and a geopolitical reality that has created many opportunities,” Dr Steinitz said.
“We are following the developments and emerging threats in the current security context and are developing the most advanced defence systems.
“Project Sky Sonic is an innovative, unique development of its kind for the hypersonic weapon threat.
The company is building on previously defence systems such as “Iron Dome” counter short-range rocket system, “David’s Sling” tiered missile defence system (developed jointly with Raytheon), and the “Iron Beam” laser-based system.
“We are coming to the air show with Rafael’s vast and impressive portfolio that includes systems that are at the forefront of technology,” Rafael chief executive officer Major General Yoav Har-Even said.
“We at Rafael believe that even the seemingly impossible can be done. We have proven this in the past and will continue to prove it in the future.
“The orders for these systems are breaking records and for the first time we stand on a backlog of orders of over 40 billion NIS and alongside the activity as a successful global business company, Rafael continues to be a significant pillar in the security of the State of Israel.”