Rafael positions Australian JV for expansion

11 September 2018

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is looking to support the development of its Australian joint venture (JV) to enable the new company to head up a range of local missile manufacturing programmes and lead efforts to secure exports.

The JV was established earlier in 2018 through an investment partnership with Australian company Varley and will initially be focused on producing Rafael’s Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Australian Army under Land 400 Phase 2.

In this project, the Spike will be fitted onto the Rheinmetall Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicle, 211 units of which were formally ordered by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) in August.

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