12 November 2023 – The Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, Major General Eyal Zamir, signed the contract for the sale of the ‘David’s Sling’ air defense system to Finland for approximately 1.3 billion NIS (around 317 million euros).
Present at the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Defense were the Finnish Ambassador to Israel, H.E Dr. Nina Nordstorm, the Finnish military attaché Col. Oula Asteljoki, Rafael’s CEO, Major General Yoav Har-Even, Head of MAFAT, Brigadier General (Res.) Dr. Dani Gold, Head of ‘Homa’ Directorate, Moshe Patael, Head of the Finance Division at the Ministry of Defense, Brigadier General Dikla Cohen, and other senior officials.
The ‘David’s Sling’ is one of the world’s most advanced systems for intercepting ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft, and UAVs. The ‘David’s Sling’ system has demonstrated highly effective capabilities in combat across challenging scenarios.
The ‘David’s Sling’ system is jointly developed by the ‘Homa’ Directorate in the Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), led by the main contractor – Rafael.
Major General (Ret.) Yoav Har-Even, CEO & President of Rafael: “The ‘David’s Sling’ system from Rafael is a significant part of Israel’s multi-layered defense system. The system has proven itself effectively in the current conflict, defending the country and its residents. We take pride in the historic export agreement signed, investing a considerable portion of the export revenues into development budgets and research and development (R&D) funds for Israel and the company. This ensures that the defense system has the most advanced capabilities, resulting in both doubled and even greater benefits. Rafael will continue to operate with pride to fulfill its meaningful role in the security of the nation.”
File photo courtesy Rafael