Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
The RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.. (Hebrew רפאל - מערכות לחימה מתקדמות בע"מ ) is a state-owned defense company in Israel.
The company produces a variety of high- tech weapons systems for sea, land and air forces around the world. The company was founded in 1948 as part of the Israeli Ministry of Defense and has its headquarters in Haifa.
Major products of the company include the anti-tank Spike missile, the cruise missile AGM- 142 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Protector UPS, as well as the anti-aircraft missiles SPYDER and Iron Dome.
The company achieved a turnover of USD 801 million, of which 56% came from exports and 44 % of Israel in 2004.
The defense division of Dynamit Nobel, based in Burbach - Würgendorf Dynamit Nobel Defence GmbH is a subsidiary of Rafael.