A Missile Designer from Rafael Division 48 tells all - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ehu Y
    • 09.01.07 | 03:03 (IST)

    I retired from Rafael after nearly 35 years of work. My Division 48 was responsible for back designing missiles we acquired from America and Europe. We would take them apart, draw blue prints to copy the parts, then make up the tooling and manufacture. We gave the missiles grand names and claimed they were 20-50% more effective in our advertising but that was all lies. They were exact copies but usually inferior to the American and European missiles we copied them from. The Arrow was a dog that couldn't hunt from the Day one, but as Asher Goodman said in his reply, it was a pork barrel for both the missile maker and the personal pockets of the IDF generals who approved this dog. Remember Rafi Eitan, the Air Force general, he received 13 million U.S. dollars in kickbacks and was imprisoned for purchasing defective IDF F-16 engines that killed many of our pilots in crashes. The Arrow was approved for purchase by Rafi Eitan style IDF generals who lined their pockets.

    from the article: An alibi for the Arrow
    First published 00:00 08.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 08.01.07
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