Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Here Is What Rafael Has To Offer At The Singapore Air Show 2022

By Aritra Banerjee

Israeli defence technology company Rafael, Advanced Defense Systems Limited, will be featuring a host of defence technology solutions at the upcoming Singapore Airshow. “For decades, Rafael has been at the forefront of cutting-edge military technologies and a global leader in developing advanced defence technologies. These complete, combat-proven solutions highlight Rafael’s superiority in system interoperability, sense-to-strike and combat-AI capabilities,” the firm said in its statement ahead of the Singapore Airshow 2022.

The company went on to say, “Recent technological achievements have demonstrated versatility in the fields of communication and reconnaissance. The seamless system integration of Rafael products with a vast array of platforms has been substantiated on both the MicroLite system and the BNET ground-based SDR system. These systems will be elaborated on during the show.”

“Throughout the week, Rafael will showcase the SPYDER All-in-One air defense system. SPYDER is a quick reaction, lower-tier Air-Defense system designed to counter enemy aircraft, bombs, UAV’s, and precision-guided munitions. It provides effective protection of valuable assets and first-class defence for manoeuvring forces,” the company highlighted about its offerings at the airshow.

“By incorporating an integrated radar, Toplite EO/IR sensor and launcher onto a single platform, the All-in-One SPYDER can address a defence force’s individualized, operational needs. The SPYDER Air Defense System is the only Israeli air defense system acquired by a NATO member state,” Rafael concluded in its statement.

Rafael will also display a range of cutting-edge solutions addressing the offensive and defensive challenges of the modern battlefield:

MicroLite: an innovative, compact, lightweight EO/IR Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) system for small aerial platforms such as UAVs, human-crewed aircraft, aerostats, and observation balloons. The first of its kind, MicroLite, has been tested and successfully integrated onto multiple unmanned aerial platforms, executing Wide-Area-Persistent-Surveillance (WAPS) missions.   

LITENING-5: as the latest evolution of the world’s most widely-used targeting and navigation pod, Rafael’s LITENING-5 incorporates a wide array of sensors enabling target detection, recognition, identification. Known for its ability to shorten the sensor-to-shooter cycle, LITENING-5 provides electro-optical tracking of multiple dynamic and stationary targets. Its open architecture and vacant internal space enable integration of numerous capabilities and growth potential, such as SAR, ELINT and more. LITENING-5’s advanced operational capabilities enhance the fighter mission and effectiveness of combat range through all types of smart air-to-surface weaponry, including laser-guided, GPS-guided, and EO/IR imaging-guided munitions. 

RecceLite: part of Rafael’s family of advanced aerial and ground electro-optical systems, RecceLite provides multi-spectral, multi-role, real-time stand-off and stand-in reconnaissance, consisting of an airborne pod, an expansive digital D/L, and a ground exploitation station. The 3rd Generation Reccelite XR’s latest model completed its development and testing phase.; it enables extended stand-off ranges of over 80 km. 

BNET Software-Defined Radios (SDR): this family of advanced, tactical broadband IP-MANET (Mobile Ad Hoc Network) provide reliable high-speed, low-delay connectivity for broadband data, voice and video on-the-move for ground and airborne platforms, HQs, and dismounted soldiers. The modular, multi-band, multi-channel, net-centric system enables unprecedented data rates and user numbers, enabling all land, sea and air units to participate in a single, seamless, scalable network. 

Other critical systems on display include:

  • Iron Dome air and missile defense system
  • David’s Sling air defense system against medium-range missiles 
  • DRONE DOME counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) 
  • SPICE family of stand-off, autonomous, air-to-surface munitions 
  • LITESAT Electro-Optical Earth Observation system 

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