Israel’s new long range artillery weapon threatens targets deep in the enemy’s territory

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed a firing trial with LORA (Long-Range Artillery weapon system) as the conclusive stage of several deals that involve the system. The trial consisted of launching a long-range LORA missile to a pre-planned target. IAI’s LORA weapon system is a focus at this week’s Paris Air Show.

LORA is an artillery weapon system, which consists of a long-range tactical ground-to-ground missile developed by IAI’s MALAM division. It is intended for strike scenarios with a range of up to 400 km and precision of 10 meters or better. The LORA missile weighs approximately 1,600 kg.

The LORA is a deceptive missile that hides in plain sight on a commercial freight ship. If undetected, it could launch up to 16 missiles before detection. No modifications to the ship need to be made once the weapons system is loaded on. In addition to offensive missiles, cargo ships can be equipped with cannisterized and/or concealed anti-ship missiles and guns, as well as air and missile defense interceptors and sensors; essentially making them asymmetric and concealable warships. If equipped with concealed weapon systems, cargo ships could easily slip behind enemy lines and conduct disruptive asymmetric military operations.”

During the trial the ground version of the artillery weapon system was positioned on a naval vessel far out in the sea, in compliance with safety requirements for trials of this kind. The missile was launched from an operational system that consists of a command trailer and ground launcher. Following the launch, the missile has navigated its course to the target, striking the designated target with high precision. Both the weapon system and the missile have successfully met all objectives.

Joseph Weiss, IAI president and CEO, said, “This trial has demonstrated the advanced capabilities of LORA, the weapon system developed by IAI. LORA complements the range of missile systems developed by IAI to round up our fulfilment of our customers’ needs.”

Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group said: “This was one of the most complex trials we held over the past few years and a technological breakthrough for IAI’s missile development operations. The trial was held according to a full operational outline, including an assessment of the system’s maneuvering, assault and precision capabilities. The impressive results attest to the system’s maturity and advanced capabilities.” Levy added, “I would like to thank Israel’s navy, air force, SIBAT and Ministry of Defense for the unusual collaboration which was reflected in the outstanding system performance in this trial.”

IAI Ltd. is Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company and a globally recognized technology and innovation leader, specializing in developing and manufacturing advanced, state-of-the-art systems for air, space, sea, land, cyber and homeland security. Since 1953, the company has provided advanced technology solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide including: satellites, missiles, weapon systems and munitions, unmanned and robotic systems, radars, C4ISR and more. IAI also designs and manufactures business jets and aerostructures, performs overhaul and maintenance on commercial aircraft and converts passenger aircraft to refueling and cargo configurations.

Published: July 4, 2017
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