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POINT BLANK – a hand-launched electro-optical guided missile

Our Bureau - : Nov 9, 2023 - : 9:37 pm

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is showcasing the Point-Blank precision strike missile for the first time at the Defense and Security Expo 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Point Blank introduces new attack capabilities to the troops, significantly enhancing the lethality of the warfighter. The system meets the battlefield requirement of providing tactical units—from small special forces teams to infantry battalion levels—with advanced attack and manoeuvring capabilities.

The POINT BLANK is electro-optically guided missile that can be carried in a soldier’s backpack. The system answers the battlefield requirement to provide tactical units ranging in size from small tactical teams to battalion level, with an independent and organic capability to increase their lethality. POINT BLANK allows these units to attack a variety of targets in real time with great precision and high lethality, without the need for support. The missile is hand-launched, operated by a single soldier, and can take off and land vertically back to, the soldier’s hand.

POINT BLANK is quiet, highly maneuverable, and stealthy. It can fly in automatic or manual modes, using the four propellers to perform vertical takeoffs and move in various directions. The system total weighs is about 10 kg and is about 1m long. The missile can fly at altitudes around 500 m, at a maximum speed of 80 m/s and can hover or loiter in the air while the target’s nature and exact position is confirmed prior to attack. The system endurance time is up to 20 Min. The missile equipped with electro-optical systems to validate and collect surveillance information in real time, and it is also equipped with a warhead to destroy the target.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a world-leading aerospace and Defense Company innovating and delivering state-of-the-art technologies in space, air, land, naval, cyber & homeland security for defense and commercial markets. Combining the “Start-up Nation” spirit of innovation with decades of combat-proven experience, IAI provides customers with tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face including satellites, UAVs, missiles, intelligence solutions, weapon systems, air defense systems, robotic systems, radars, business jets, aero structures, and more. Established in 1953, IAI is one of Israel’s largest technology employers with offices and R&D centers in Israel and abroad. For more information, visit https://www.iai.co.il/

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