Israel Aerospace Industries today (Monday) unveiled the Maritime Harop, the newest addition to their Loitering Munitions (LM) family.
The new marine capabilities of the Harop provide an operational response to a range of naval vessels, from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates. The technological adjustments of the marine Harop include a launcher with new marine configuration and adjustments of the communication channel of the loitering munition.
"The maritime Harop is an operational weapon system which provides navies with a unique response at a good cost-benefit ratio," said Boaz Levi, IAI's EVP and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group. "As such, it has attracted the interest of different customers worldwide. When used on marine platforms, the Harop provides an excellent operational alternative to sea-sea missiles as well as a range of additional uses such as intelligence gathering and allowing the operator to choose the precise timing of the attack. It is a welcome addition to IAI's solution offering for loitering munition missiles."
The Harop is a long endurance LM which can be launched from a variety of platforms and is equipped with tactical UAV capabilities: high-performance FLIR/ color CCD EO seeker with 360 degrees hemispherical coverage. It searches, detects, attacks and hits high value relocatable, time critical, land or sea-based moving targets with pinpoint accuracy at long ranges. A HAROP unit is comprised of LM launchers and a Mission Control Shelter (MCS) that enables missile control with a 'Man in the Loop' operation, and real time engagement or abort attack capability to avoid collateral damage. The HAROP can be applied to a variety of battle scenarios, including low and high-intensity conflicts, urban warfare and counter terror operations.
IAI's family of loitering munitions also include the Harpy and Harpy NG – an autonomous anti-radiation LM for SEAD/DEAD missions; the Green Dragon – designed to provide significant situational awareness and firepower in a compact envelope; and the Rotem tactical LM – based on a light multi-rotor platform designed to operate against low-signature enemy systems in urban and complex environments.
IAI's LM systems will be presented at the DSEI Exhibition in London, on September 12-15, 2017.