Saturday, September 12, 2009

IAI Unveils Missiles-in-a-Box for Ground Forces

By Graham Warwick
Israel Aircraft Industries has unveiled Jumper, an autonomous vertical-launch artillery missile system for ground forces, at a defense show in Latrun, Israel.Jumper consists of eight canistered missiles and a command-and-control unit housed in a 3 X 3 "hive" measuring 1.4 X 1.4 X 2m tall. No operating crew or launching platform is required, says IAI.
Weighing in at 63kg, and with a range of 50km, the tail-steered missile is 1.8m long and 150mm in diameter and has GPS/INS guidance coupled with a semi-active laser seeker. IAI says the weapon can carry "several possible warheads".Jumper is similar in concept to the NLOS-LS container-launched missile system under development by Raytheon/Lockheed Martin joint-venture NetFires. Each NLOS-LS container carries 15 GPS/INS/IIR/SAL-guided Precision Attack Missiles. Fielding by the US Army is planned for 2011.


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will introduce various land-based products and technologies at the third annual Latrun Conference. The conference is organized by The Institute for Land Warfare Studies, the Israeli Ground Forces, and the Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum Association at Latrun, Israel.

The conference includes an extensive display of intelligence gathering systems, precision weapons, communications and command and control systems, remote-controlled platforms, and engineering systems. In addition, live demonstrations will be held in the Latrun area.

IAI's VP of Marketing, Yair Ramati, noted that "IAI, continuing its long-standing tradition of delivering solutions for scenarios in a variety of different arenas, will display some of the most advanced tactical intelligence gathering systems in the world – radar systems, signal intelligence (SIGINT), electro-optic systems, satellite communications, and more. These systems operate on the ground, in the air, and in space. In addition, various offensive systems will be exhibited, including laser-guided weapons and the "Jumper" – an autonomous artillery system for ground forces, being displayed for the first time. The Jumper is a new member of IAI’s surface-to-surface missiles family, which also includes the Long-Range Artillery (LORA)."The JUMPER, which will be displayed for the first time, includes 8 canistered missiles and an integrated command and control unit. The system requires no special launcher platform, and it can vertically launch missiles to engage targets in all directions.

During the Latrun Conference, IAI will hold a demonstration of its micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the Mosquito. This UAV is used by a battalion/company. Its small size and capabilities allow for its use in a variety of scenarios and in challenging battlefield conditions, including urban warfare and Low Intensity Conflict (LIC) situations. In addition, IAI will present advanced tactical UAVs for use by ground troops of every rank. These tactical UAVs can search, identify and pinpoint targets for precision weapons. The I-View 50, part of a new generation of UAVs, launched from the battlefield, will be presented, as will the Heron, a strategic UAV carrying multiple payloads, which can remain airborne for an extended period of time and is in use by the Israeli Air Force and other air forces worldwide.

As part of the Israeli Ground Forces exhibition, a new family of IAI radars (type EL/M 2112) will be displayed. These high-resolution radars feature unique and outstanding capabilities, including persistent surveillance and instantaneous target tracking over wide areas. The radars are in use by military, paramilitary, and security agencies, and are designed to be used in the air, on land, or at sea. In addition, IAI's Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) type EL/M 2084 will be displayed. The MMR addresses a growing need to include all land-based radar functions in one operational unit: detection of Surface-to-Surface medium and short range missiles, rockets, and mortars; calculation of the anticipated impact and launching points; and delivery of target data to air defense weapons systems.

Following is a list of additional products displayed at the Latrun Conference:

High performance, light armored, multi-mission wheeled vehicle for scouting, reconnaissance, and transport of security forces in medium to high threat areas. Designed for anti-terror operations, policing and peacekeeping, and command and control missions.

-Front Runner
Robotic, armor protected platform for light engineering tasks in urban environment. Platform is based on the Caterpillar 257B Multi-Terrain Loader. Intended for use in clearing IED's and other explosive devices, road obstacles (up to three tons), suspect cars, and hazardous materials for military, para-military and civilian requirements.

-Light-Weight Surface Mine Plow
Used for the clearing of surface scattered mines from the path of maneuvering vehicles in both frontline and rear areas of operations.

Electromagnetic vehicle mounted system for the actuation of magnetically fused land mines of all types and generations.

-Robotic D9T
Heavy duty 65 ton) armor protected, robotic bulldozer based on the Caterpillar D9T. Used for very high-threat engineering tasks in a high-threat environment during combat operations.

-Robotic D9T-A
Autonomous capability addition to the Robotic D9T enabling man-independent operation of the dozer's onboard equipment, repetitive operations, and performance of damage assessment.

-Mobile Observation and Intelligence Center – EL/I 3302
A mobile observation and intelligence vehicle on the battlefield designed for fast deployment and support of tactical combat forces and law enforcement units.

-Light Portable Surveillance System – EL/I 3370
An integrated surveillance system, including movement and detection radar and electro-optical mini-POP.

-Short Range Surveillance Radar – EL/M2105
A radar capable of detecting movement of people at 5000M and vehicle movement at 8000M.

-Unattended Ground Sensor – EL/I 6001
A modular network of autonomous distributed sensors, including seismic sensors, electro-optics, and miniature radars.

-Tactical SATCOM – EL/I 1895
This radar provides tactical satellite communication without line-of-sight limitation.

-SATCOM On-the-Move – EL/K 1891
A satellite communication system for moving platforms. The antenna tracks the communication satellite for continuous communication.

-Soldier Alert & Response System – TED EL/L 8293
Fast and effective response system to gunshot sources. It closes the circle of fire in less than 5 seconds, and has an effective range of light arms less than 1.2kg.

Advanced loitering munition launched from a variety of platforms which includes a high-quality day/night vision payload which allows it to search, detect, and precisely attack stationary or mobile, land or sea-based targets at long ranges. The Harop can be used in a number of battle scenarios in low/high intensity conflict areas and in anti-terror operations.

-Laser Homing Missile – LAHAT
A cost-effective missile with multiple launcher configurations and a range of 8KM. The missile in the canister weighs 16kg.

-Long Range, Dual Mode Missile – NIMROD 2
A dual mode Laser/GPS Homing missile, the Nimrod 2 has a range of 36KM and features a mobile launcher. The warhead is 14kg, and the missile can support various warheads for a variety of targets.

-Long Range, Dual Mode Missile – NIMROD 3
A dual mode Laser/GPS Homing missile, the Nimrod 3 has a range of 10-50KM and can support various warheads for a wide range of targets. It also has a mobile launcher.

-Laser/GPS guided 120 mm mortar
With a minimum range of approximately 1KM and a maximum effective range of 15KM, the mortar has a shape trajectory for a steep attack angle and laser spot homing hit accuracy (CEP <>

-Land Lord
A command and control system combining detection and recognition sensors with various shooters in order to hold a tactical area of control, and to effectively engage hostile targets.

-Micro UAV system for very short range – MOSQUITO
The Mosquito has a takeoff weight of only 500 grams and a mission radius of 2KM. Its endurance is 40 minutes and is hand launched with a pinpoint landing. The Mosquito features electric propulsion and carries a color gimbaled camera payload.

-New generation of Tactical UAV systems – IView 50
The IView 50's takeoff weight is 70Kg and is has a mission radius of 50KM and can stay airborne for 6 hours. It carries a 10Kg payload of EO/IR/LRF and also has a catapult launch and parafoil pinpoint landing.

-Strategic & Tactical Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV System – Heron I
The Heron I has a takeoff weight of 1250Kg, a mission radius of 300Km plus SATCOM, and an endurance of 20-40 hours. It can carry a multi-sensor payload (250Kg) and continues to operate successfully even under adverse weather. It also features automatic takeoff and landing (ATOL).

-IPON/RNAV (Inertial, Position, and Navigation System)
Ground navigation system for tanks, mobile mortars, and launchers.

-ADNAV (Advanced Navigation System)
Self-contained land navigation system for armored vehicles.

-TINA (Turrent Inertial Assembly)
A modern solid-state angular measurement unit specially designed for the high-shock and vibration environment.

-TMAPS (Tamam Modular Azimuth Position System)
Precise ground stabilization system for artillery and other uses.

-MOSP-D (Multi-Mission Optronic Stabilized Payload)
A multi-sensor highly-stabilized payload for observation and detection at long ranges. Designed for different platforms.

A day/night observation, surveillance, and targeting payload for medium ranges. Designed for different platforms.

A lightweight, day/night observation, surveillance, and targeting payload for medium ranges.

About the Latrun Conference
The theme of the conference is "Maneuver in Complex Terrain". Expected speakers include Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Lectures will be given by guests from abroad and high-ranking officials of the Israeli Ground Forces, various commands, the joint forces, and the army. Invitees to the conference include army representatives from many countries, army attaches stationed in Israel, members of the Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum Association, defense industry representatives, academics, and others.


Is it a derivative of SPYDER SAM system? Very interesting development.

yes it can be made a part of the spyder systems,israelis are going beyond any other country in the field of artificial intelligence used in missiles because results of tests conducted on spyder systems enabled them to successfully test the spyder shield without human interference. Yet i doubt their success rate :)

In comparison, American's NLOS sucks.

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