Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled Wednesday its Sea Breaker missile that it described as a 5th generation long range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system that is highly effective against a variety of high-value maritime and land targets.
The Sea Breaker is a naval and artillery unit force-multiplier designed to overcome the challenges of modern warfare. It provides surgical, pinpoint precision strikes from stand-off ranges of up to 300 km. It features an advanced IIR (imaging infra-red) seeker, ideal for engagement of maritime and land targets, stationary or moving, in advanced Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) arenas, and in coastal or inland waters, as well as for engagements in which previous generation RF-seeker-based missiles are not effective, according to Rafael.
The Sea Breaker can be launched from various types of naval platforms, ranging from fast attack missile boats to corvettes and frigates. The land version is a main part of shore defense based on Rafael's highly-mobile SPYDER launchers. The battery's architecture supports standalone launchers or operation as an integrated solution, with a command and control unit and various sensors, based on customer requirements, the company said.
Using artificial intelligence, the Sea Breaker performs deep-learning and big data-based scene-matching, a unique combat-proven Rafael technology, enabling automatic target acquisition and automatic target recognition. The system is capable of full operations in GNSS-denied arenas as well as in all weather conditions. It is also immune to electronic countermeasures, jam-resilient, and capable of flying close to the water or terrain, according to Rafael.
Flying at high subsonic speeds, Sea 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, making a single hit effective enough to neutralize a frigate-sized ship, Rafael said.
In addition, according to the company, the missile's datalink supports real-time man-in-the-loop decision-making and tactical updates, including mid-flight abort capability and battle damage assessment.