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Rafael to Provide Combat Suite Maintenance for Asian Navy

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has received a contract to deliver maintenance support for an undisclosed Asian country’s naval combat suite.

The $30-million project covers capabilities for the service’s Spike extended range and non-line-of-sight (ER and NLOS) missile systems, Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS), electro-optical surveillance platforms, and electronic warfare integrated decoy systems (IDS).

Rafael said the support services further enhance the company’s operational and technological cooperation with the customer. It will also perform maintenance on the user’s future systems.

“We thank our customer for strengthening its cooperation with RAFAEL and for confidence expressed in this ground-breaking move,” Rafael Naval Warfare Systems Vice President Ran Travor stated.

“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.”

“Through this latest project the knowhow shared between RAFAEL and its partners will continue to be enriched and will contribute to more optimized and greater capabilities down the road.”

Rafael’s Naval Combat Suite

Naval Spike ER and NLOS missiles are electro-optically guided multipurpose missiles with a range of up to 10 and 32 kilometers (6.2 and 20 miles), respectively.

The NLOS variant’s sixth iteration is currently used internationally to equip offshore patrol vessels and smaller patrol boats with “highly-effective” combat capabilities.

Meanwhile, the Typhoon family features stabilized naval gun systems operated remotely for various ships.

The latest integrations of the weapon station were signed with the Philippine Navy for its recently commissioned FAIC-M or Shaldag Mk5 vessels and another unnamed Asian country.

Typhoon Mk30-C
Typhoon Mk30-C naval remote weapon station. Image: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

The IDS deploys tactical distraction and confusion measures to protect maritime vehicles from enemy fire through programmable decoys.

Recent Contracts

Last March, Rafael signed a multi-year contract to provide similar maintenance services for the Israeli Navy’s Typhoon weapon stations.

In 2021, the company delivered an $80-million naval warfare systems suite for an Asian country’s Shaldag Mk5 fast attack craft.

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