At Eurosatory 2018, Rafael launched FIRE WEAVER network attack system
FIRE WEAVER is a network attack system designed to connect all the sensors and shooters in the battlefield and to manage the attack process, including targeting and fire selection.
A video presenting the technology was playing on the screen of the Rafael stand in Paris showing FIRE WEAVER being used to coordinate an attack in an urban environment, both in Line Of Sight (LOS) and beyond LOS. “The urban environment is a very complex environment to fight in, with information coming from many different angles at once,” said Schmulik O., Head of the company’s Innovation Programmes Centre, Land and Naval Division. “Therefore there is a need for quick reaction, which FIRE WEAVER facilitates as a force multiplier that enables a network attack in less than 30 seconds.”
To this end, FIRE WEAVER enables an accurate and GPS-independent common visual language between all the sensors; “the targeting languages include geo-coordination, laser designation and electro-optical pixels,” continued Mr O.
Once a target has been acquired, the system selects the most appropriate shooter using artificial intelligence, cognitive dissemination and real time fire selection algorithms, “so that if there is a risk of collateral damages using weapons such as the Spike LR, the system can select other weapons such as the Firefly instead.” The fact that FIRE WEAVER ensures the presence of a man-in-the-loop at the position preferred by the customer, be it at the level of the sensors, the shooter or the fire management terminal, provides additional safety and security.
The system was developed as open architecture, allowing the connection of all types of customers’ sensors and shooters over any tactical radio. Mr. O indicated that it was demonstrated to the Israeli Defense Force in the Golan Heights in June 2017, and noted that foreign customers were also present during the demonstration, thus hinting at potential international interest already.
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