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DEFEA 2021: Rafael displays its naval solutions


The Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., is participating in DEFEA 2021, July 13-15, at Metropolitan Expo, Athens, Greece. Rafael showcases a number of solutions for naval applications, like the C-Dome.


SAAB exhibits products and solutions for maritime defense IMDEX 2019 925 001A model of the C-Dome (Picture source: Army Recognition)


Rafael’s C-Dome is the naval adaptation of the combat-proven IRON DOME, which has achieved over 4000 combat interceptions.

The C-Dome is designed to protect strategic naval and land assets against advanced aerial, ballistic and surface-to-surface threats and it is operational with the Israeli Navy.

C-Dome uses the combat-proven Iron Dome interceptor that has already achieved more than 1,500 successful interceptions.

It is maintenance-free and is stored in a sea-proof canister. Up to 10 C-Dome can be loaded into a modular Vertical Launcher Unit.

Interceptor are vertically launched with unrestricted 360° azimuth coverage. The highly advanced warhead ensures high kill probability against a wide range of targets. The C-Dome interceptor is extremely agile and with a high rate-of-turn enabling intercepting of even the most maneuverable targets. Its state-of-the-art proximity fuze maximizes lethality and its powerful warhead ensures target destruction.

It is designed to protect vessels in blue and littoral waters from ballistic trajectory and direct attack weapons fired in saturation attacks.

C-Dome includes a 10-round canister loaded with vertically-launched Tamir interceptors for 360-degree coverage, a feature not supported by the land-based Iron Dome system; the ship's own surveillance radar is used to negate the need for a dedicated fire control radar.

The system has a small footprint to enable installation on small ships like offshore patrol vessels, corvettes, and even stationary oil rigs.

The Israeli military declared initial operational capability for the C-Dome on 27 November 2017, after more than 18 months of integration and design work.