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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems at EURONAVAL 2016, is displaying an array of advanced naval systems and a comprehensive, integrated suite of ship defence systems for detection, tracking, interception and neutralisation of a variety of threats.

Amongst these, Rafael's C-DOME naval point defence system consists of a multi-round launcher assembly loaded with vertically launched canisterised interceptors. The launcher is installed under the ship deck and can handle saturation attacks by engaging multiple targets simultaneously with all interceptors ready for instant firing.

Integrated with the ships' s combat management system, the system has two launch modes that enable automatical and semi-automatic engagements with C-Dome using the ship's surveillance radar for detection.

The interceptor used is the combat proven IRON DOME, which has been used during 1,500 C-RAM and VSHORAD interceptions.

Rafael indicates that the interceptors are maintenance-free. Up to 10 interceptors can be loaded into a modular vertical launcher unit. Providing full 360 degree coverage, the interceptor has a warhead with a high kill probability against a wide range of targets. This is due to its advanced proximity fuze technology and extreme agility which makes that the interceptor can deal with most manoeuvrable targets. Due to its small footprint, C-DOME is also well suited for smaller ships such as OPVs and corvettes that operate in the littoral.

The Israel Navy has begun installing Rafael's C-DOME system on board its "Sa'ar" missile ships, according to the Israeli Navy, who further commented: A successful test fire saw a system carried by a "Sa'ar 5" corvette destroy several incoming simulated GRAD-type rockets with a range of 40km on 17 February.

The navy now plans to roll out the system to other vessels, including the four "Sa'ar 6"-class missile ships that are due to arrive in Israel over the next four years. 

The C-DOME will be used to protect offshore gas platforms against unguided rocket as its TAMIR interceptor is far cheaper than the new BARAK 8 surface-to-air missile (SAM), which is designed to intercept supersonic anti-ship missiles. The BARAK 8, which is being integrated on to the "Sa'ar 5" and 4.5 ships, is expected to become fully operational by the end of 2017.

While the C-Dome test was carried out using a land-based launcher mounted on the corvette's helipad, according to news sources the Israeli Navy is in the process of removing anti-ship missile launchers and TYPHOON weapon stations from some of its vessels to make room for more surface-to-air and land attack missile launchers.

Rafael's C-DOME is well suited for smaller ships such as OPVs and corvettes that operate in the littoral. (Graphic: Rafael)

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