Air-Launched Long-Range Attack Weapon System Unveiled 

RAFAEL's Ice Breaker is a 5th generation air breathing missile with multi-service capabilities against a variety of high value land and sea targets By DA Staff / 14 Jul 2022
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RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has announced plans to introduce its new 5th generation, long-range, autonomous precision-guided air-to-surface missile system that can provide pinpoint precision strike capabilities from standoff ranges up to 300 km. 

Ice Breaker is an all-weather weapon system intended for use with various aerial platforms including fast jets, light attack aircraft, and helicopters against a variety of high-value land and sea targets.

It features an advanced Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) seeker, designed for stationary or moving land and maritime target engagement in advanced Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) arenas and Global Positioning System/Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GPS/GNSS)-denied environments. 

The missile’s datalink supports real-time man-in-the-loop decision-making and tactical updates, with mid-flight abort and Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) capabilities. 

Employing RAFAEL’s Artificial Intelligence technology, Ice Breaker performs deep-learning and big data based scene-matching, enabling Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA) and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR). 

Flying at high subsonic speeds, Ice Breaker has a multi-directional, synchronized full sphere attack capability, based on predefined attack plans, according to waypoints, azimuth, impact angle and aim point selection, ensuring a high probability of mission success. 

With a 250 lb. penetration, blast and fragmentation warhead, Ice Breaker is a multi service operational solution with the same missile that can be operated from air, sea and ground launchers.

RAFAEL will formally introduce the Ice Breaker at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022, 18-22 July. This unveiling comes one year since the introduction of the Sea Breaker, which serves as the naval and land-based version of the all-encompassing Ice Breaker. The Ice Breaker offers a full scope of commonality, incorporating not only the land and naval platform application, but now across all domains with enhanced capabilities.

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