IAI to Deliver Long Range Loitering Munitions

Using a day and night Electro Optical seeker, the HAROP scans, detectes, identifies, and attacks stationary and moving targets with exceptional precision and at any angle By Abi Wylie / 27 Nov 2023
IAI to Deliver Long Range Loitering Munitions
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed two agreements with two countries to deliver long range loitering munitions, the contracts having a combined value of $145M. 

These two significant orders follow a previous contract signed earlier this year, that has also declared the purchase of IAI’s long range loitering munitions. 

This series of orders represent the growing global demand for IAI’s long range loitering munition family and demonstrates IAI’s unique capability in this market segment. 

IAI’s family of long range loitering munitions includes the Harpy NG, Harop, and Mini Harpy.

In the 1980s, IAI invented the loitering munitions weapons class when it introduced the HARPY. Equipped with an Anti-Radiation (AR) seeker, the Harpy was designed for the Autonomous Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) missions. 

Today, IAI offers the Next Generation, the HARPY NG – a more advanced loitering munition used against a diverse range of radiating targets.  

The HAROP, a derivative of the Harpy, is a combat proven loitering munition with naval and land versions. The Harop is used against a variety of combat scenarios including against terror threats. 

Using a day and night Electro Optical seeker, the HAROP scans, detects, identifies, and attacks stationary and moving targets with exceptional precision and at any angle.

The MINI HARPY is the only loitering munition in the world to carry a triple seeker – Electro-optical day, night, and AR. The combined seeker allows detection and attack in severe weather conditions and makes it very difficult for the target to avoid detection and destruction. 

The Mini Harpy has electrical propulsion and is equipped with an anti-tank warhead. Like the other long range LMs, Mini Harpy is canister-launched.

IAI is proud to pave the way in air defense, precision strikes, missiles, space, radars, UAVs, civil aviation, and cyber defense. 

IAI’s land, air, naval, and space systems are currently proving critical to security forces during Israel’s Iron Swords War, and other defense organizations around the world. 

IAI’s President and CEO Boaz Levy said; “Loitering munitions have proven critical to achieving operational success on the battlefield worldwide. The flexibility in strikes that can be achieved with a loitering munition is a major advantage in combat and the type of precision reached is of strategic and national importance. 

“The latest orders emphasize the trust in IAI’s loitering munitions family in bringing the required advantages to each country respectively”.

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