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RAFAEL (Armaments Development Authority)

P.O.B. 2250
Israel 31021  
Tel: 972-4-8794777 
Fax: 972-4-8794653 

RAFAEL (Armaments Development Authority), an MoD affiliate and an autonomous economic entity, is Israel's largest firm engaging in R&D for the armaments and sophisticated combat platforms required by the IDF. Rafael develops some of the world's most advanced armaments and technologies, adapting them to the conditions of the Middle East; researches and tests combat weapons systems and helps the IDF identify and define its weapons-system needs; and provides quick solutions as required by the IDF or for pressing operational needs. Most Rafael manufacturing activity is composed of final assembly, testing, simulation, and engineering troubleshooting, thus putting accumulated know-how and experience to good use and ensuring a smooth and rapid transition from development to production. Manufacture of basic subsystems and components is contracted out to civilian industries. Rafael's well-known products include the Shafrir air-to-air missile, the Piton, the David artillery computer, tank-crew protection gear, and night-vision equipment. Of Rafael's employees, one-third are university trained, 50% are technicians and practical engineers, and the rest are administrative workers.

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