The Spyder system, produced by Rafael, is operationally used by several military forces worldwide, providing air defence solutions against various airborne threats, including missiles, UAVs, aircraft, helicopters, and tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs). The system intercepts threats using two families of Rafael-manufactured interceptor missiles, Python and Derby. Recently, Rafael introduced a new configuration for the Spyder the All in One, featuring an integrated radar, electro-optical launcher, advanced control and command system, and Python and Derby interceptors, all mounted on a single platform. This configuration serves as an optimal air defence solution for point defence or area defence, either as part of a Spyder battery or deployed independently with minimal operator involvement.
In the test conducted last week in Israel, the Spyder All in One system successfully intercepted a UAV in a complex operational scenario, achieving a successful interception of the target. Brigadier General (Res.) Pini Yungman, Executive Vice President and Head of the Air Defence Division at Rafael, stated, “Rafaelis a global expert and a leading developer of air defence systems that have proven themselves in combat against a myriad of advanced threats and at various ranges. Among the leading systems currently in operational use in Israel and worldwide are Iron Dome, Spyder, and David’s Sling. The success of the current test with the Spyder All in One system represents another technological breakthrough that Rafael pioneered, providing solutions tailored to different evolving threats in various arenas.”
Last year, Rafael revealed that it upgraded the Spyder, and it is now capable of intercepting tactical ballistic missiles (TBM). Israeli sources said that the war in Ukraine has dramatically increased the interest in the Spyder. The introduction of this feature is the product of Rafael’s Counter-TBM Spyder program, which involved researching and analyzing the lessons learned from recent and ongoing armed conflicts involving extensive use of tactical ballistic missiles. The program has brought about a practical upgrade to the Spyder system, which is equipped for implementation.