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RAFAEL Acquires Pearson Engineering

Pearson Engineering Route Opening Mine Plough on a remotely operated US M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle, Yakima, 2019 [© Bob Morrison]

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems acquires Newcastle-based Pearson Engineering as part of its strategic expansion in the United Kingdom.

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Press Release, Tel Aviv and Newcastle, 28 September 2022: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has completed the acquisition of Pearson Engineering Ltd. (PER). The acquisition was executed under a stock purchase agreement (SPA), transferring 100% of the ownership. The acquisition includes PER’s subsidiary company Responsive Engineering Ltd.

Pearson Engineering self-protection mine plough being fitted in the field to a Piranha III by a Belgian combat engineer, Estonia, 2019 [© Bob Morrison]

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About Pearson Engineering: For more than three decades, Pearson Engineering has provided Armed Forces with the mobility and counter-mobility equipment they need to succeed in their missions around the world. From our home in Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom, we are proud to be recognised around the world for our contribution to armoured vehicle programmes. We design products which help combat forces to defend, move and fight and to adapt quickly to maintain their battlefield advantage. Our innovative approach to providing ‘scalable battlefield mobility’ is based on delivering attachments for armoured vehicles which enhance their agility, adaptability and flexibility and which provide essential mission capabilities to Commanders.

We are located at Armstrong Works in Newcastle, which is a purpose-built armoured vehicle manufacturing facility. Together with our daughter company, Responsive Engineering, we combine our armoured vehicle experience with our class-leading manufacturing expertise, to also provide manufacturing, assembly, integration and test services for armoured vehicle programmes.

In 2022, Pearson Engineering was proud to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, in recognition of our exceptional export performance. This was the third Queen’s Award in the company’s history.

About Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd: RAFAEL is a world-renowned, Israeli-based defence contractor, specialising in cutting-edge, innovative defence systems, such as the famous TROPHY active protection system, vehicle armour solutions, counter IED technologies and many other systems.

The company is Israel’s third largest defence company, with 8,000+ employees and over 30 subsidiaries worldwide, serving the defence, security and aerospace markets. RAFAEL is a truly global organisation, with a strong presence in many major defence markets; this includes the US, India, South Korea most European NATO member countries, including the UK, as well as throughout Asia, Scandinavia, and South America.

“This acquisition is part of RAFAEL’s continued strategic investments, with the purpose of transferring cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technologies, products and systems into the United Kingdom, in support of UK national security and prosperity”, says M.G (ret.) Yoav Har Even, RAFAEL’S President and CEO. “Until recently, most of RAFAEL’s operations in the UK were in partnership with UK prime contractors, with the majority of workshare manufactured in Israel. Pearson and Responsive Engineering’s activity is supported by an outstanding legacy of excellence in innovation. By acquiring this company, we will be able to enhance and expand PER’s manufacturing capabilities in the UK, thus strengthening our UK supply chain to better support our customers, especially the UK MOD and British armed forces. This will lead to a significant increase in the number of jobs in Newcastle and will build strong links with academic institutions throughout the UK and specifically in North East England.”

“Pearson Engineering is immensely proud of its life-saving combat engineering systems, which are used by land forces worldwide. This acquisition will not only allow us to enhance our existing product portfolio but will enable the development of innovative, class-leading products and capabilities. RAFAEL’s ambition for Pearson and Responsive brings valuable growth and stability, for our employees, our trusted supply partners in the region and the wider community in the North East. It will undoubtedly create more jobs and generate exciting career opportunities within both companies”, says Craig Priday, Pearson Engineering Managing Director.

“Both RAFAEL and Pearson have an outstanding legacy in force protection capabilities”, says Dr. Ran Gozali, EVP, GM Land and Naval Division for RAFAEL. “RAFAEL’s reactive armour, fitted to most UK armoured vehicles in Iraq, saved the lives of many British soldiers. The UK MOD Challenger 3 program is another point of synergy. Pearson and Responsive are manufacturing the tank’s turret structures and, supported by RAFAEL, Pearson will be able to locally manufacture and integrate the TROPHY active protection system, providing the highest level of protection to the crew. This is a great example of RAFAEL’s commitment to deliver additional cutting-edge technologies and capabilities to Pearson Engineering, to support current and future UK MOD needs.”

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