LAST UPDATED: January 1, 2011
OTHER NAME: Rafael Yodefat; Division 20
LOCATION: East of Haifa
SUBORDINATE TO: Israel Ministry of Defense
SIZE: Unknown
FACILITY STATUS: Presumed operational
Purpose Assembly nuclear weapons


According to the 2002 SIPRI Yearbook, assembly of Israel's nuclear weapons occurs at the Rafael design laboratory, known as Division 20, west of Haifa.


[1] Hans M. Kristensen and Joshua Handler, "Appendix 10A: World Nuclear Forces," in SIPRI Yearbook 2002: Armaments, Disarmament, and International Security, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 565.

[2] Joseph Cirincione, Jon B. Wolfsthal and Miriam Rajkumar, Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats, Second Edition (Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005), p. 275.

source: NTI