Israel unveils long-range autonomous missile system

Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Wednesday unveiled Sea Breaker, a fifth-generation, precision-guided autonomous missile system capable of striking a range of marine and land targets.

According to Rafael, the “highly subsonic” missile can hit a fixed or moving target up to 300 kilometers (186 miles).

The missile’s advanced Imaging Infrared (IIR) researcher even allows it to strike targets in “advanced area anti-access / denial (A2 / AD) arenas,” Rafael says.

Jam proof

The Sea Breaker can engage targets in “coastal or brown water, including the archipelago, as well as engagements in which previous generation RF homing missiles are not effective”.

Additional features include the missile’s resistance to electronic countermeasures and jamming due to its ability to fly near the surface of water.

The system can launch missiles from a variety of naval platforms, including fast missile boats, corvettes, and frigates. The land version of the missile uses Rafael’s “highly mobile” SPYDER launchers.

250 pound warhead

The Sea Breaker carries a 113 kg (250 lb) “penetrating, exploding and fragmentation warhead” which the developer claims can destroy a frigate-sized ship with a single strike.

The all-weather missile uses artificial intelligence to engage in deep learning and “big data-based scene matching” for target acquisition and recognition.



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