Address: P.O.B. 2250, Haifa 31021
Chairman of the Board
Education: B.A., Economics & Business Administration, Bar-Ilan University; Associate Diploma in Strategy & Political Economic Research, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.; Graduate of the Command & Staff College of the United States Marines.
Current Position: Chairman of the Board, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
Past Positions: Chairman of the Board, YES (04-06); President & CEO, Bezeq (99-03); Director General, The Israeli Ministry of Defense (96-99).
Membership: The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya – Committee; Herzliya Conference Member; Brodet Committee for Defense Budget; Chairman, Committee for Caesarea Conference, IDI; External Director, Israel Discount Bank; Chairman, Executive Committee, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.
Military Rank: Major General (Res.).
Line of Business:
Design, Development, Manufacture and Supply of Defense Systems
AFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. develops and produces state-of-the-art armaments for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israel’s defense system, while deriving its economic strength from international sales.
The company provides innovative solutions on the technological cutting edge from underwater, naval, land and air through space systems. RAFAEL focuses on such areas as Electronic Warfare (EW); Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I); Training and Simulators; Armor and Precision-Guided Weapon Systems. The company has also formed partnerships with civilian counterparts to develop commercial applications based on its proprietary technologies. RAFAEL is the second largest government-owned defense company in Israel, and at the end of 2011, made a clean profit of $111 million, with orders totaling approximately $1,945 million. Their backlog of orders stands at approximately $3,465 million with sales amounting to $1,979 million.
RAFAEL was founded in 1948 as Israel’s National R&D Defense Laboratory within the Ministry of Defense, and focused initially on missile technology.
Over the years, RAFAEL has developed systems for every branch of the IDF. These systems are based on control of a wide range of technologies and extensive familiarity with the operative needs of the IDF. RAFAEL’s products strengthen the IDF’s qualitative edge, and most systems have been battlefield proven. In 2002, RAFAEL was incorporated as a government-owned company maintaining its technological state-of-the-art capabilities through extensive R&D programs.
RAFAEL implements the corporate culture of forming partnerships in Israel and world-wide with leading governments, aerospace and defense companies. These partnerships bring combined strength and leverage to RAFAEL’s technical know-how and advanced systems. RAFAEL comprises three divisions, which as a whole provide our customers with integrated systems and technologies for air, land, sea and aerospace defense solutions.
Missiles and NCW Division: This division designs, develops and manufactures a variety of guided missile systems, including air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-tank missiles and air defense systems, as well as electro-optic systems for target acquisition, laser designation and reconnaissance purposes and C4I systems for net-centric warfare.
The division’s key products include: David’s Sling Air defense system for medium range joint project in cooperation with Raytheon, Iron Dome an effective and innovative mobile defense solution for countering shore and medium range rockets.
The Python and Derby air-to-air missiles, the Spyder air defense system, the Barak anti-missile naval air defense system, the Popeye and Spice air-to-surface missile systems, the Spike family of electro-optic multi-purpose missile systems, as well as the Litening and TopLite navigation and targeting pods, the RecceLite real-time reconnaissance pod and the SpotLite electro-optic small arms detection system.
Ordnance and Protection Division: This division develops and produces systems for land combat forces and underwater defense including: active, reactive and passive protection systems for land combat vehicles, remote controlled weapon stations, naval and land acoustic systems, anti-torpedo warfare, as well as laser and high-powered, microwave-based, energy-directed weapons. In addition, the division also specializes in homeland security applications.
The division’s key products include: the Trophy active protection system, advanced armor for the American Bradley and AAV7 AFVs, the Samson family of remote controlled weapon stations, the Carpet mine breaching and the counter-IED system, as well as the Scutter, reactive expendable acoustic torpedo decoy. The division also develops and produces the Protector, naval unmanned surface vehicle.
Manor – Advanced Defense Technologies Division: This division develops rocket motors and space propulsion systems, warheads and pyrotechnic subsystems, stand-off breaching systems and naval decoys.
The division’s key products include: propulsion systems that are a part of the Israeli OFEQ and EROS satellites, as well as the French Myriade and Proteus satellites and the Hetz anti-ballistic missile. In addition, the Manor Division develops and supplies the Simon door breaching munition as well as the Matador family of shoulder-launched breaching products, especially suited to urban warfare.
RDC (RAFAEL Development Corporation)
RAFAEL takes advantage of its own sophisticated technologies in order to develop civilian and commercial applications through RDC, a joint venture with Elron Electronic Industries. RDC has invested in several start-ups including Given Imaging, publicly traded on NASDAQ, which has developed a unique disposable video-imaging capsule, and Medingo Ltd., catering to the needs of insulin-dependant diabetic patients.