Rafael - Advance Defense Systems LTD.
Rafael develops and manufactures advanced defense systems for the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense establishment, as well as for foreign customers around the world. The company offers its customers a diversified array of innovative solutions at the leading edge of global technology, from underwater systems through naval, ground, and air superiority systems to space systems.
Rafael is the largest employer in Northern Israel with approximately 6,500 employees and numerous subcontractor and service suppliers.
Rafael is Israel's second largest defense company, with 2012 sales of 1.775 Billion Dollars, an order backlog of 4.2 Billion Dollars and a net profit of 148 Million Dollars.
Rafael was established in 1948 as Israel's Defense Ministry national research and development laboratory. Initially, the company’s main focus was the development of missile technology. With the years, Rafael started developing advanced weapon systems for all the branches of the IDF. These systems are based on vast expertise, technological know-how, and a thorough understanding of the IDF's specific operational requirements. Rafael's solutions helped bolster the IDF's qualitative advantage, and most of them have already been successfully used in the battlefield. In 2002 Rafael was incorporated into a state-owned company, with the vision of maintaining its technological capabilities and continuing wide-scale R&D programs.
Partnerships and cooperation
As part of its corporate culture of partnerships and cooperation, Rafael has created such agreements with over 100 governmental, aviation, space and defense organizations in Israel and around the world. These programs allow the Rafael and its partners to capitalize on mutual strengths and leverage existing capabilities.