Often called FireFly (or SPIKE-FireFly), it was collectively developed by RAFAEL and the IMOD for the dismounted soldier who’s preventing inside the city area the place regardless of precision being important, the enemy is behind cowl and the soldier’s situational consciousness is proscribed.
Weighing solely three kg, the sunshine, small and agile munition might be quickly deployed inside seconds. It’s moveable, sturdy and features a rugged airframe to resist the tough atmosphere of city fight.
“The operation of FireFly could be very intuitive, with no particular abilities required,” Rafael stated in an announcement. “FireFly allows overmatch to interrupt fight impasse, and has a deadly impact on stationary and shifting targets with or with out line-of-sight to operator.”
The weapon system package consists of three miniature loitering munitions and a management unit which relies on a ruggedized pill with a navy customary bidirectional information hyperlink. FireFly, which might be operated day or night time, has a low visible and acoustic signature in addition to an abort/wave-off functionality and full, protected returnability to the operator as much as assault command.
Capable of function in winds of as much as 23 mph, FireFly’s munitions are powered by twin electrical motors which may loiter for a most of 15 minutes at a most altitude of 500 meters in city terrain and 1500m in open areas, reported Jane’s Defence Weekly, reporting on navy and company affairs.
Rafael has three missiles within the Spike household, Spike NLOS, Spike ER, Spike MR/LR and Spike SR and has provided over 27,000 SPIKE Missiles and techniques to over 26 nations, together with to the Philippines, Lithuania, Australia and India, the place they’re utilized by armies on numerous naval and land system platforms.
“We’re very happy with this contract, and we consider the procurement of FIREFLY by the IDF will dramatically revolutionize the infantry doctrines in city close-combat, enabling precision engagement for the decrease tactical echelons beyond-line-of-sight,” stated Dr. Ran Gozali, EVP & Head of the Land & Naval Division of RAFAEL. “This can give IDF troopers a tactical edge in shut fight. We see the Firefly as a constructing block in future potential purposes for a big number of battle arenas.”