The cooperation of Rafael and Hensoldt brings state-of-the-art technologies to Germany and European market

By Arie Egozi

The recently signed teaming agreement between Israeli company Rafael and German sensor powerhouse Hensoldt will offer the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other European air forces a variety of electronic warfare systems.

The initial agreement was about Rafael’s Sky shield system, but it will be extended to other systems developed by Rafael, one of Israel’s leading defence companies.

Israeli company Rafael and German leading sensor solutions provider Hensold have recently joined forces to offer a readily-available, state-of-the-art and mature solution to the Luftwaffe’s requirement of airborne electronic warfare capabilities with Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2028. The exclusive teaming agreement was signed in Tel Aviv in October this year, by Thomas Müller, CEO of Hensoldt , and Maj. Gen (ret.) Yoav Har-Even, President and CEO of Rafael.

Rafael and Hensoldt agreed to embark on a joint endeavour to integrate and enhance Rafael’s Sky Shield airborne electronic warfare pod as a mature off-the-shelf Escort Jammer (ESJ)



This new capability supports the Luftwaffe’s decision to adopt the Eurofighter Typhoon jets as an electronic attack platform. The new pod utilizes the existing interfaces of the Litening Pod, already combat-proven on the Typhoon, thus significantly simplifying the integration efforts and saving invaluable resources.

Sky Shield is an advanced airborne electronic warfare system for fighter aircraft.

The electronic warfare pod is an all-inclusive multi-purpose escort jammer and electronic attack system.

The Israeli company has developed a variety of electronic warfare systems for fighter aircraft and some may be offered by the joint venture established by Rafael and Hensoldt.



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