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June 8, 2015

Israel’s IAI conducts flight demonstrations of Harop loitering munitions

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations of its Harop loitering munitions.

HAROP

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations of its Harop loitering munitions.

The missile displayed capabilities in the field of observation, flight altitude and loitering, along with better manoeuvring and target destruction.

IAI Corporate vice-president Boaz Levi said: "The successful flight demonstrations and operational tests reflect Harop’s reliability and quality, together with its advanced technological capabilities.

"There is no doubt that Harop gives its users significant operational advantages. We consider Harop as a leading system with considerable sales potential."

The latest demonstration comes after the missile completed various other successful operational exercises during the last two months.

"The successful flight demonstrations and operational tests reflect Harop’s reliability and quality, together with its advanced technological capabilities."

With a warhead of 15kg, this unmanned combat aerial vehicle is capable of loitering over the battlefield and attack the targets by self-destructing into them. It can automatically search, detect and accurately attack the mobile or static targets even at long range.

The system can be used in several battle scenarios, including low and high intensity conflict, urban warfare and counter terror operations.

Suitable for launching from transportable launchers, the Harop will be able to carry out attack performed from any direction and at any attack angle.

The Harop system consists of the munition units, transportable launchers and a mission control shelter, which provides real-time access to control the Harop by a man-in-the-loop.

This airborne system incorporates a high-quality night and day electro-optical and infrared seeker and anti-radar homing system to perform 24/7 missions.

In addition, the system is also installed with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and colour charge coupled device (CCD) camera that offers a hemispherical coverage of 360° view.


Image: The Harop missiles can be launched from various transportable platforms including sea and ground-based canisters. Photo: courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

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