Israeli defence technology company Rafael will provide maritime maintenance services for an unnamed Asian navy under a multi-year US$30 million support services contract.
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The agreement will reportedly include maintenance services for the navy’s Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon remotely-controlled naval weapon stations, naval Spike ER and non-line of sight (NLOS) missile systems, electro-optical surveillance systems, as well as electronic warfare integrated decoy systems.
Rafael has previously signed a multi-year agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defence in March this year to provide maintenance support services for Typhoon remotely-controlled naval weapon stations for the Israeli Navy.
Rafael naval warfare systems directorate head and vice-president Ran Tavor said Spike ER and NLOS electro-optically guided multipurpose missiles (ranges up to 10 kilometres and 32 kilometres, respectively at sea), as well as integrated decoy systems, turn every patrol boat into a highly effective combat vessel.
“We thank our customer for strengthening its cooperation with Rafael and for confidence expressed in this groundbreaking move,” he said.
“Rafael, as a developer and manufacturer of combat-proven naval systems, has developed extensive knowhow and accumulated experience in executing major naval projects with clients in Israel and worldwide.
“We will manage and conduct the maintenance services for the navy in the most effective manner and in a way that will ensure the highest degree of operational capability.
“This agreement is part of Rafael’s strategy to increase activity in the field of maintenance and customer support for its customers in Israel and globally.
“Through this latest project, the knowhow shared between Rafael and its partners will continue to be enriched and will contribute to more optimised and greater capabilities down the road.”