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Rafael & VRA Systems At Land Forces 2018

Rafael Australia and VRA Systems are to showcase advanced defence systems at Land Forces 2018 in Adelaide in early September.


Media Release, Melbourne, 28 August 2018: Rafael Australia and Varley Rafael Australia (VRA) Systems will partake in Land Forces 2018, to be held in Adelaide from 4 to 6 September. This event will showcase a range of Rafael Australia products, and will highlight VRA System’s role in delivering these programmes in Australia.

Rafael Australia and VRA Systems offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) 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.


Rafael Australia’s Land Forces 2018 exhibit will showcase the following systems, currently under consideration for existing LAND projects:

SPIKE LR2 [© Rafael]

¤ The Spike family of multi-purpose precision missile systems, to be offered across a range of land environment projects, including the ADF’s Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) under LAND 400 Ph 2, the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) under LAND 400 Ph 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 programme or replacement under LAND 9000 Ph 3. The Spike family consists of the following variants:

  • Spike LR2, the newest 5th generation variant of the Spike family; a ‘long-range’ multi-purpose, tactical guided missile system effective against a variety of targets ranging to 5.5 km. On 22 August, the Australian Government announced the Spike LR2 had been chosen as the Anti-Tank Guided Weapons (ATGW) for the Boxer CRV.
  • Spike SR, a ‘short-range’, light-weight, multi-purpose infantry weapon allowing the defeat of Main Battle Tanks (MBT), other armoured vehicles, and bunkers, at ranges up to 1.5 km. Spike SR will be offered under LAND 4108 and LAND 1508.
  • Spike ER, an ‘extended range’ multi-purpose, multi-platform, missile system for ranges up to 8 km, providing a ‘fire & forget’ / ‘fire, observe & update’ capability. Spike ER will be offered under LAND 4108 and LAND 1508.
  • Spike NLOS, a ‘no line of sight’ multi-purpose, multi-platform electro-optical missile system with real-time wireless data link for long-range hidden targets, ranging to 25 km. Spike NLOS will be offered under LAND 4108, LAND 1508 and LAND 9000 Ph 3.
  • Spike Firefly, a miniature, electro-optical loitering munition, which provides precision stand-off capability in close urban terrain. The Spike Firefly will be offered under LAND 4108 and LAND 1508.


Trophy on Abrams MBT  [© Rafael]

¤ Trophy, the world’s only operational, combat-proven Active Protection System (APS) for heavy, medium and light armoured vehicles. Trophy is currently in use on the Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF) Merkava Main Battle Tank (MBT) and Namer IFV. It is also under contract for installation on the US 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 Ph 2 & Ph 3, as well as the ADF’s Abrams MBT upgrade under LAND 907 Ph 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 km. The Tamir is currently under consideration for the ADF’s SRGBAD capability under LAND 19 Ph 7B.


Samson 30mm with Trophy [© Rafael]

¤ 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 Samson 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:

¤ 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 coordination 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.


¤ The Armor 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 thirty 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 Ph 3 and LAND 907 Ph 2.


Drone Dome [© Rafael]

¤ 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.


All Rafael Australia products offered for use in Australia will be delivered by VRA Systems

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