Nov 29th, 2019 – Israel’s state-owned RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (RAFAEL), a global leading defense company, intends to actively participate in the process of modernization of the Bulgarian Army, including the ongoing project for the purchase of 150 wheeled armored vehicles for the country’s land forces.
RAFAEL will cooperate with Bulgarian companies and establish collaboration with Bulgarian trusted partners in order to develop new projects in the area of defense industry and to facilitate local production and transfer of technology and knowledge in the country.
The Israeli company has already teamed up with one of the four prime defense contractors invited by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense (MOD) to take part in the ongoing tender for the supply of 150 wheeled armored vehicles. RAFAEL will participate in the procedure as a key subcontractor.
RAFAEL is a global leader and a pioneer developer of various categories of land systems, including the unique SAMSON Hybrid Unmanned Turrets (UMT), SPIKE anti-tank tactical guided missile systems, active protection systems, BNET communication solutions, Air Defense solutions and others. RAFAEL is one of the main strategic suppliers of the Israeli Defense Forces and an important global contractor for numerous countries worldwide, many of which are EU and NATO-members, including Central and Southeastern European ones, with defense, cyber and security solutions for air, land, sea, and space.
“The strategic cooperation that we established, specifically designed for Bulgaria’s plan to modernize its armed forces, could be an excellent option for the country’s upgrade of its land forces with modern defense technologies,” said Moshe Elazar, Executive Vice President and Head of RAFAEL’s Land and Naval Division. “Furthermore, our strategic partnership presents new benefits and opportunities for the Bulgarian economy to strengthen its national industry base in this important sector, including export opportunities. Additionally, the solutions RAFAEL is able to deliver to the Bulgarian armed forces go far beyond the combat vehicles project and cover the whole spectrum of defense solutions a modern army requires nowadays” Elazar added.
RAFAEL has many years of experience in Production Transfer Programs (PTP) worldwide. Its PTPs have been implemented successfully with more than 50 companies worldwide, including in the U.S, India, UK, Canada, Romania, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and others.
RAFAEL is 100% owned by the Israeli government and is a global leader in the defense industry. For more than 71 years RAFAEL designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of high-tech defense systems for air, land, sea, space and cyber applications for the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli defense establishment, as well as for customers around the world. RAFAEL’s systems are based on vast expertise, technological know-how, and a thorough understanding of the specific operational requirements of its customers. The company’s diversified array of innovative solutions at the leading edge of global technology include land, air superiority, naval and underwater, space and cyber solutions. RAFAEL has more than 7500 employees and numerous subcontractors and service providers around the world.