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Varley Rafael partnership and capabilities on show in Adelaide

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VRA are highlighting a variety of land focused capabilities as part of Land Forces '18

Rafael Australia and Varley Rafael Australia (VRA) Systems will showcase a range of Rafael Australia products, and will highlight VRA Systems’ role in delivering these programs in Australia as part of the Land Forces ‘18 expo to be held in Adelaide. 

Rafael Australia and Varley Rafael Australia (VRA) Systems will showcase a range of Rafael Australia products, and will highlight VRA Systems’ role in delivering these programs in Australia as part of the Land Forces ‘18 expo to be held in Adelaide. 

Rafael Australia and VRA Systems offer the Australian Defence Force ground-breaking, combat proven solutions for a range of LAND projects. These solutions will enhance the ADF’s survivability, situational awareness and lethality with precision and effectiveness.  

As part of the showcase, Rafael and VRA will exhibit a number of land systems currently under consideration for existing LAND projects with the Australian Army, including: 

  • The Spike family of multi-purpose precision missile systems, to be offered across a range of land environment projects, including the Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) under LAND 400 Phase 2, the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) under LAND 400 Phase 3, Direct Fire Support Weapon (DFSW)
    replacement under LAND 4108, Special Operations (SO) capability enhancement under LAND 1508 and Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) capability assurance program.
  • Trophy, the world's only operational, combat-proven active protection system (APS) for heavy, medium and light armoured vehicles, is currently in use on the Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF) Merkava Main Battle Tank (MBT) and Namer IFV. Trophy is under contract for installation on American Abrams MBT, and has been successfully tested on a number of lighter US platforms, including the Stryker and Bradley IFVs. Trophy will be offered under LAND 400 Phase 2 and 3, as well as the ADF’s Abrams MBT upgrade under LAND 907 Phase 2.
  • The Tamir Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar (CRAM) interceptor, part of Rafael’s Iron Dome short-range, ground-based air defence system (SRGBAD). Tamir is a National Advanced Surface-to Air Missile (NASAM)-compatible interceptor missile designed for quick detection, discrimination and interception of asymmetric and conventional indirect fire up to 70 kilometres. The system is currently under consideration for the ADF’s SRGBAD capability under LAND 19 Phase 7B. 
  • The Samson family of advanced remote weapon stations (RWS), which offer a low silhouette, under-armour reloadable unmanned turret, comprising twin Spike LR2 launchers, a 30mm automatic cannon, a co-axial 7.62mm machine gun, and fully-integrated Trophy APS. The Sampson will be offered under LAND 400 Phase 3. 

Rafael Australia’s Land Forces 2018 exhibit will also introduce the following systems, for consideration under future LAND projects, including: 

  • The Drone Dome counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS), designed to detect, track, and neutralise drones either by jamming their communication or destroying them using a high-powered laser. Drone Dome will be offered for a range of civil and military applications. 
  • The Armour Shield family of passive and reactive armour for combat vehicles. These systems are based on the lightweight protection technologies that have been fielded for over 30 years by the Israeli, US and NATO military forces. A number of these products are currently produced by Australian manufacturer Bisalloy Steels. The Armor Shield family will be offered under LAND 400 Phase 3 and LAND 907 Phase 2.  
  • The Fire Weaver Networked Targeting Control System (NTCS), Rafael’s new network-centric, digital targeting control system. Fire Weaver provides real-time pixel-based target designation and fire co-ordination across a brigade-sized element. This allows simultaneous, precision strikes on multiple targets within seconds. Fire Weaver will be offered for integration into the Australian Army’s digital communications system under LAND 200.  

All Rafael products offered for use by the ADF will be delivered by the VRA Systems partnership. Rafael Australia aims to grow its Australian operations and work with partners in industry and government to enhance Australia’s sovereign industrial capabilities.

VRA Systems leverages Rafael’s expertise as a world leader in defence technology with the Varley Group’s 132 years of engineering and manufacturing experience in Australia.

This partnership will ensure local engineering, integration, manufacturing, training and in-service support for Rafael capabilities. It is a significant investment in innovation and jobs, and will support export opportunities for Australia’s defence industry.

Stephen Kuper

Stephen Kuper

Steve has an extensive career across government, defence industry and advocacy, having previously worked for cabinet ministers at both Federal and State levels.

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