IAI Successfully Tests LORA Ballistic Missile, Hitting Targets up to 400 km Away

The two-part test was held on the open sea to demonstrate the weapon's capabilities to a customer of the Israeli company. Both of the distant target points were hit with utmost precision

One of the launches during the LORA missile test. Photo: IAI 

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said June 2 that it completed a two-part test of its LORA (Long-Range Artillery Weapon System) precision ballistic missile. The test was designed and performed successfully under COVID-19 restrictions as part of IAI's business plan, which includes demonstrating the capabilities of the advanced system to customers.

Held on the open sea, the test included the launch of two long-range LORA missiles to designated target points in the ocean, one 90 km away and another 400 km away, to demonstrate the system's advanced capabilities. 

The ground-based version of the weapon was deployed on a ship in the middle of the ocean to comply with the safety requirements of tests of this type. The missile was launched from a system consisting of a command trailer and a ground launcher. Both times, the missile entered its trajectory, navigated itself to the target, and hit it with utmost precision. All of the objectives for the test of the launch system and the missile were met. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the test was carried out using a mobile testing area and a small team that managed the test remotely, according to IAI. 

Developed by IAI’s MALAM division, LORA is a sea-to-ground and ground-to-ground system which includes a long-range ballistic missile, a unique launcher, a command and control system, and a ground/marine support system. The LORA system provides ballistic assault capabilities for multiple ranges with a precision range of about 10 meters.

Boaz Levy, IAI's EVP and general manager of the Systems, Missiles and Space Group, said: “The complex trial, performed under COVID-19 limitations, demonstrated the advanced capabilities of both IAI and LORA, our strategic missile system. The trial was executed according to a fully functional design, which tested the system’s maneuvering, strike, and precision, as well as technological developments and enhancements introduced by our engineers." 

"Performing a trial with this level of complexity during these days is a testament to IAI’s unwavering commitment to our clients across the globe. The impressive results of the trial prove the system’s maturity and state-of-the-art capabilities,” Levy said, adding “I would like to thank Israel's Navy, Air force, and the Ministry of Defense for the collaboration and assistance in this trial."

LORA was developed by IAI’s Systems, Missiles & Space Group. The Group has developed many air-defense systems such as the Arrow 2 and 3, the Barak 8, loitering missiles, and countless missile and satellite systems, such as observation satellites, nano-satellites, communication satellites including Dror, the national communication satellite. The Group was also a co-builder of the Beresheet spacecraft which traveled to the moon. IAI is a national and global technological hub for air defense, radars, satellites, unmanned vehicles, civilian aviation, and cyber.