Israeli defence firm, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is displaying a wide range of defence equipment at the ongoing air show and has unveiled a new long range stand-off air-to-surface missile, in addition to placing a US$30 million purchase order for the manufacture, test-before-integration, and lifecycle support management for a complete set of the BNet Software Defined Radio (SDR)systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The new long range stand-off air-to-surface missile, launched at the show has been named ‘Rocks’ and the advanced, extended stand-off range air-to-surface missile, can used against high value targets, stationary and re-locatable, even in theatres where the enemy employs effective GPS countermeasures.
“Rocks” provides a cutting edge and cost-effective solution that combines several combat-proven technologies inherited from our latest generation SPICE system. Rocks effectively answers a growing demand for long range, GPS-independent Air-to-Ground precision strike capability”, says Yuval Miller, Executive Vice-President and General-Manager of Rafael’s Air & C4ISR Systems Division.
The stand-off weapon, uses INS/GPS for midcourse navigation, while homing on to the target is performed by using its EO seeker and advanced image processing algorithms, which ensures hitting targets with great precision, overcoming GPS jamming or denial.
In addition to the new launch, Rafale announced the placement of the first contract with Astra Rafael Comsys Pvt Ltd (ARC), the joint venture between Rafael and India’s Astra Microwave Products Ltd. The purchase order for a complete set of the BNet Software Defined Radio systems for the IAF, is the result of the 2017 contract inked between Rafael and the IAF for supply the BNet advanced SDR.
ARC will manufacture and integrate these advanced radio systems onboard IAF aircraft, allowing for the digital exchange of tactical information.
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