To be Delivered by Rafael/Varley Joint Venture
At the official launch of Varley Rafael Australia (VRA Systems) – the newly created joint venture between Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Varley Group – on 22 August, Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced the selection of Rafael’s SPIKE LR2 as the Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV).
In addition to the SPIKE LR2, VRA will deliver a range of Rafael products for the Australian market including the TROPHY Active Protection System (APS) for armoured vehicles; the TAMIR Counter-Rocket, Artillery & Missile (CRAM) interceptor for short-range Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD); and the TORBUSTER Torpedo Counter-Measure (TCM) for submarines.
“The 5th Generation SPIKE LR2 is the first of what we hope will be many opportunities for VRA to deliver Australian sovereign capabilities, drive innovation and jobs, and create export opportunities,” noted Varley Group’s Managing Director, Jeff Phillips. “This undertaking will be an Australian first. VRA Systems combines a world leader of defence technology in Rafael, with Australia’s oldest and most respected defence enterprise in Varley. We will now deliver the world’s premier Anti-Tank Guided Weapon for use by the Australian Defence Force.”
Maj.-Gen. (retd.) Yoav Har-Even, President and CEO of Rafael, noted the decision builds on the company’s 20-plus years in the Australian market, and follows a long line of similar partnerships around the world. “Rafael’s strategy is to join with local partners that allow us to establish capability in the local market. We are extremely proud to have established the relationship with Varley, and we look forward to working with them to deliver the SPIKE LR2 system to the Australian Defence Force”.
“VRA aims to maximise the proportion of SPIKE LR2 componentry produced in Australia and deliver through-life in service support, making use of our reach-back to Rafael’s research and development network in Israel. We will employ up to 70 Australians in our local facilities with potentially hundreds more across our Australian supply chain. Australian suppliers now have the opportunity to enter Rafael’s global supply chain for the SPIKE family and a range of Rafael products and systems, servicing more than 30 customer nations,” added VRA CEO, Jacob Blitman.