Operational Loitering Munition for Naval Applications
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) today unveiled the newest member in its Loitering Munitions (LM) family, the HAROP.
IAI is a world pioneer in developing and fielding various types of LMs: HARPY and HARPY NG (an autonomous anti-radiation LM for SEAD/DEAD missions), HAROP, an Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR)-guided, man-in-the-loop LM, designed to locate, track and destroy high quality static and mobile targets, the GREEN DRAGON, tactical, low-cost solution, designed to provide significant situational awareness and firepower in a compact envelope, and the ROTEM tactical LM based on a light multi-rotor platform that delivers great capabilities against low signature enemy systems in urban and complex environments.
IAI‘s LM systems will be presented at the DSEI, on stand: S7-341.
The new marine capabilities of the HAROP provide an operational response for a range of naval vessels, from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates. The technological adjustments of the marine HAROP include a launcher with new marine configuration and adjustments of the communication channel of the loitering munition.
“The maritime HAROP is an operational weapon system which provides navies with unique response and at good cost-benefit ratio” Boaz Levi, IAI’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group, explained. “As such, it has attracted the interest of different customers worldwide. When used on marine platforms, the HAROP provides excellent operational alternative to sea-sea missiles as well as a range of additional uses such as intelligence gathering and allowing the operator to choose the precise timing of the attack. It is a welcome addition to IAI’s solution offering for loitering munition missiles.”