AUSTRALIA - Israel’s Rafael Equips Combat Vehicles

Arno Froese

Defense giant Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has been selected to provide several weapons systems to the Australian Defense Force, including the Spike LR2 fifth-generation anti-tank guided weapon and Trophy Active Protection System.

Jeff Phillips, Managing Director of the Varley Group, said, “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.”

The Spike LR2, which will be delivered to the Australian Defense Force by VRA Systems for their new Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles, is an advanced, multipurpose missile which incorporates improvements in lethality and immunity.

The 12.7 kg. missile, which can be fired from vehicles, helicopters, ships and ground launchers, has advanced electro-optic seekers which includes capabilities of a smart target tracker with artificial intelligence features.

In addition to the Spike LR2, the Australian Defense Forces is set to receive the Trophy Active Protection System for their armored vehicles, becoming the second army after the United States to purchase the system.

The Trophy system is the only fully operational and combat-proven active protection system in the world, proving its efficacy in several operations, especially during Operation Protective Edge, when IDF tanks were able to operate in the Gaza Strip without suffering any losses.

VRA will also deliver a range of other Rafael products to Australia, including the Tamir counter-rocket, artillery and missile interceptor for short-range ground-based air defense; and the Torbuster torpedo counter-measures for submarines.

-www.jpost.com, 22 August 2018

Arno's commentary

Amazing, a country only 70 years old, made up of immigrants from across the world—the majority from the former Soviet Union—has developed into a powerhouse when it comes to defense.

Military experts around the world are united in their assessment that another world war would literally destroy humanity. Will there be such a war? Many Bible scholars insist that it will be the battle of Armageddon. But how will that end? Micah 4:3 answers: “And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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