Rafael wins $80m contract to provide naval warfare systems in Southeast Asia

Israeli weapons maker to supply suite of naval solutions to an undisclosed country over the next 3 years

The Typhoon is a stabilized, remotely-controlled weapon system for naval ships developed by Rafael. (Courtesy)
The Typhoon is a stabilized, remotely-controlled weapon system for naval ships developed by Rafael. (Courtesy)

Israel’s Rafael defense contractor announced on Wednesday that it will be supplying a comprehensive naval warfare systems suite to an undisclosed country in Southeast Asia, in an $80 million contract that will be fulfilled over the next three years.

The suite will be tailored to the Shaldag MK V fast patrol vessels, designed for naval security missions, being manufactured for the unnamed country by Israel Shipyards, according to the announcement. It will include Rafael-made remote operating weapon systems called typhoon and mini-typhoon for naval missiles, an internal communication system for ships and submarines called Sea-Com, and a tactical communications system called BNET.

Rafael will also provide maintenance and support services, the weapons maker said in the announcement.

Ran Tavor, VP and head of Rafael’s Naval Warfare Systems directorate, said the portfolio of naval systems to be provided taps into “Rafael’s world-renowned latest technological innovation, such as advanced naval missile system using electro-optics seeker, computer vision, artificial intelligence and decision-making algorithms, that enables a wide range of tailored capability deployment choices,” for clients.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is considered one of Israel’s premier military contractors, helping develop some of the country’s leading weapons systems, including the Iron Dome missile defense system and the precision-guided Spike missile.

In June, the company unveiled a new naval missile system known as the Sea Breaker that it says can knock out a full-sized warship from hundreds of kilometers away in one shot.

A computer-generated image of a Sea Breaker naval missile that is manufactured by the Rafael defense contractor. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)

The fifth-generation missile is principally geared for use against targets at sea or near the shore, but can also navigate over land, according to Rafael. The missile uses a variety of sensors, supported by artificial intelligence, to identify targets autonomously, though human operators are meant to remain in the loop.

The Sea Breaker is primarily being marketed to customers abroad, the weapons manufacturer said.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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