Rafael is extending its Litening family of targeting pods for air forces looking to upgrade existing platforms.
Litening 4, the latest variant of the pod, has gone through major enhancements in sensors, resolution, image processing and algorithmic processing capabilities.
“Litening has transformed from a targeting pod into a much broader sensor pack that extends the aircraft and pilot’s capabilities, far beyond target acquisition,” says Yuval Miller, manager of Rafael’s Air and C4ISR division.
SINGAPORE - Rafael is developing a high-energy laser-based weapon system to supplement its Iron Dome Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system, offering a more affordable method to engage salvos of rockets and mortars fired at short range.
The establishment of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) stretching more than 200 nautical miles into the ocean has added more responsibilities for navies. EEZ security requires authorities to establish tighter control and governance over thousands of square miles in the open seas, littorals and coastal areas where extensive maritime activity takes place. The development and exploitation of maritime economical resources also requires improving the security and safety of maritime-based assets, including the protection of offshore and coastal infrastructure and shipping.
Israel Aerospace Industries has successfully completed a series of helicopter firing demonstrations of the Laser Homing Anti-Tank (LAHAT) missiles in which the missile successfully engaged targets at extended ranges.
TEL AVIV — Israel Aerospace Industries soon will deliver its UAS Mission Trainer (UMT) to the Israeli Air Force (IAF), an operator of the IAI-made Heron UAS.
IAI has already delivered various UMT versions to foreign customers. The system is not limited to supporting IAI systems; it can be configured to include any type of UAS and payload, and is based on international standards (such as HLA and Stanag 4586).
“The system will become an important asset in the UAS squadron,” says Shaul Shahar, general manager of Malat Division.
One of IAI’s main thrusts at the Paris Air Show is its “total system” approach to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, particularly addressing the latest trend of persistent surveillance.
PARIS — The biennial Paris air show in June highlighted numerous innovations in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which are adding diverse capabilities to increase their tactical and strategic value.
Israeli manufacturers unveiled a number of new UAVs at Paris, including several electrically powered systems. This fast-growing class increasingly combines ease of handling and economy with extended range, advanced-technology payloads and efficient propulsion systems.
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