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Rafael and RTX joint venture to produce Tamir interceptors in the U.S.

By Arie Egozi

A joint venture between the Israeli company Rafael and the U.S. company RTX will manufacture the Tamir interceptors of the Israeli Iron Dome air defence system for foreign clients and will also serve as a backup for local production in Israel.

 

R2S, a joint venture of Rafael and RTX, has broken ground on its new manufacturing facility in East Camden, Arkansas. The facility will produce the Tamir missile for the Iron Dome Weapon System and its variant, the SkyHunter missile, to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. allies. R2S is a joint venture between Raytheon and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems. Raytheon is an RTX business.

 

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This facility represents an investment of USD 63 million for R2S and will create up to 60 new jobs in the region. The R2S facility will build on RTX’s existing production capacity at the Highland Industrial Park.

“Today, we mark a significant milestone in the Iron Dome program – one of the most important and advanced air defence systems in the world. The establishment of the new facility is the result of strong cooperation between Rafael and Raytheon, who joined forces about 18 years ago,” said Pini Yungman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Air & Missile Defence Division, Rafael.

 

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“We have built and maintained a fruitful collaboration based on the shared vision of both companies, committed to the highest level of technological innovation. The United States is a true partner; and local production, which we have aspired to for many years, will strengthen the partnership while safeguarding the interests of all sides. I am confident that we are ready for further cooperation in the future aimed at ensuring the security of the citizens of Israel and America.”

 

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“R2S is pleased to announce today that it’s almost doubling the capital investment for the project here in Camden, Arkansas, from $33 million to $63 million, and it may create up to 60 new jobs. This increase represents the commitment by both partners to support this critical project for the USMC and to our allies around the world that depend on a reliable air defence system,” said Annabel Flores, Deputy President of Land & Air Defence Systems, Raytheon.

 

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