Rafael Advanced Defence System’s SPIKE LR2 Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) has been selected as the winner for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV). The announcement was made by Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne.
Varley Rafael Australia (VRA Systems), the joint venture between Rafael and the Varley Group will undertake the delivery of the Australian contract.
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,” said Jeff Phillips, Managing Director of the Varley Group
Major General (Ret’d) Yoav Har-Even, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rafael, said “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”.
A large proportion of SPIKE LR2 componentry will be produced in Australia and 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.