Rafael and the Israeli Ministry of Defense Directorate of Defense Research & Development (IMOD DDR&D) have successfully tested the Spyder air defence system’s latest configuration, showcasing its ability to intercept ground-launched threats.

Rafael, a global player in air defence systems, successfully tested its Spyder air defence system in the “All In One” configuration. The test involved the interception of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in an operational scenario, resulting in a direct hit.

In operational use worldwide, the Spyder system provides air defence solutions against airborne threats, from missiles and UAVs to aircraft, helicopters, and tactical ballistic missiles. The latest configuration, All In One, integrates a radar, electro-optical launcher, control, command system, and Rafael-manufactured interceptor missiles, Python and Derby, all mounted on a single platform. 

This configuration is an optimal air defence solution, adaptable for point and area defence, either as part of a Spyder battery or deployed independently with minimal operator involvement.

The Israeli defence industry, heavily reliant on exports, faces potential challenges if the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict persists. While primary markets appear secure, with only a minimal impact expected on domestic defence production, the Israeli defence companies may experience setbacks if crucial production sites are damaged. 

In the recent test conducted in Israel, the Spyder All In One system showcased its capabilities by intercepting a UAV in an operational scenario. Brigadier general (Res.) Pini Yungman, executive vice president and head of the air defence division at Rafael, emphasised the significance of this achievement, stating that it represents another technological breakthrough pioneered by Rafael.

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Yungman highlighted the system’s effectiveness in intercepting ground-launched threats, solidifying Rafael’s commitment to advancing air defence solutions for the IDF and its global customers.

The Spyder air defence system is operational in several countries worldwide, including the Czech Republic, which signed a procurement agreement with Rafael in 2020. Beyond Europe, Singapore achieved full operational capability with the Spyder air defence system 2018.