Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a newly-developed loitering munition, called ‘Mini Harpy’ on the inaugural day of the show. The Mini Harpy is being displayed for the first time in India.
The Mini Harpy combines the capabilities of the company’s two flagship loitering missiles, the Harop and the Harpy.
“In an age of asymmetrical warfare and fast-moving targets that ‘blink’ for a few seconds at a time, the use of loitering missiles provides strong capabilities for closing the circle of war. Rather than relying on precise reference point, the system we developed loiters the air waiting for the target to appear and then attacks and destroys the hostile threat within seconds,” says Boaz Levy, General Manager and Executive VP of IAI Systems, Missiles & Space Group.”
“The Mini Harpy is unique in its beam detection and optical capabilities, a combination of two of our loitering missile systems that sold thousands of units in Israel and abroad,” he added.
The Mini Harpy is a tactical system designed for field or marine units and can be launched from land, marine and helicopter borne platforms, providing complete independence in intelligence collection for an updated situational picture and closing the attack circle at low cost.
The Mini Harpy is extremely quiet as it is electrically powered and carries shaped charge of approx. 8 kg, operates in mission range of 100 km for duration of two house and 45 kg in weight.