TEL AVIV, ($1=3.20 Israeli Shekels) – Raphael’s new Israeli anti-ship missile, the Sea Breaker, must effectively hit surface and ground targets at distances of up to 300 km., learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defense Express. The new RCC belongs to the fifth generation of weapons, equipped with an on-board computer that allows the use of artificial intelligence with algorithms for finding, recognizing targets, and autonomous [without operator intervention] decision-making when choosing a target for its destruction.
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The new missiles are planned to arm six new Sa’ar 6 corvettes, two of which [Magen and Oz] are already in service – but so far without RCC – and four more are under construction. The Sa’ar 6 corvette has a displacement of almost 1900 tons at full load and a length of 90 m.
The corvette is armed with a 76-mm Otto Melara cannon, two Typhoon battle stations, 32 vertical launchers for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, 20 launchers for the C-Dome defense system, 16 Sea Breaker anti-ship missiles. , AFAR EL / M-2248 MF-STAR radar and two 324-mm torpedoes. There is a hangar and a platform for the SH-60 mid-range helicopter.
The new RCCs are planned to re-equip three Sa’ar 5 corvettes – Eilat, Lahav, and Hanit, which are currently in operation. These ships already have onboard 24 PU obsolete American RGM-84C Harpoon. The managers of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd are well aware of Destroyer of the Sea’s export prospects in the foreign market in the segment of 0.5 to 1 million dollars compared to competitors such as Naval Strike Missile [NSM] of the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, MM40 Block 3 from the European MBDA or RBS-15 Swedish Saab Bofors Dynamics – the most modern examples of anti-ship weapons of Western production.
The Sea Breaker missile, developed in Israel, belongs to the ship-to-ship class: it can be launched from a ship and a PU shore. The flight of the marching section is performed at the subsonic speed [M 0.85-0.9] at a wave height [Sea Skimmer] of two to five meters, depending on the state of the sea. The missile is controlled by a multispectral infrared GOS. The glider is made of stealth technology from radio-transparent and radio-absorbing materials [individual elements of the fuselage, shielding parts, and GOS], which makes it difficult to detect the missile from enemy radar.
The rocket is equipped with a miniature twin-circuit turbojet engine TRI 60 from Safran Microturbo with a thrust of 3.73 kN with a digital control system. Sea Breaker is classified as a fifth-generation long-range anti-ship missile system due to computer control and analysis systems using artificial intelligence. This concept is laid down in the TTZ in advance. Israeli developers also planned the new rocket to work at any time and, if possible, autonomously.
According to Rafael experts, RCC is quite compact: its diameter is 300 mm, length – 3980 mm with degradable carbon-fiber wings. With such a small size, the missile can travel distances of up to 300 km, using natural shelters: terrain, islands, and coastline.
In addition, since the flight at such a distance may take more than 20 minutes, the missile can establish secure two-way communication with the control center, which, using GOS radiation from the missile to the operator’s console, can regulate the flight, interrupt the mission, reassess the situation and change the goal.
The volumetric [3D] optoelectronic “portraits” of all civilian and military ships are stored on the hard disk of the onboard computer. Based on this information, without the involvement of the operator, the RCC independently decides what target to attack. Such an algorithm is already used successfully in more expensive and complex weapon systems.
This level of “intelligence” in the world received a small number of complexes: the American modernized heavy RCC Tomahawk Block Va, the Soviet seven-ton 3M45 “Granite”, as well as the Russian RCC 3M54 “Caliber” and 3M55 “Onyx”. But these missiles – “heavy class” and of the light ones only Sea Breaker today has such a level of intelligence.
Rafael’s novelty is presented as a completely autonomous and precise system, capable of effectively attacking various stationary mobile marine and ground targets. The company’s specialists emphasize that the achieved accuracy of the strike is the result of many years of experience in the field of guided weapons, repeatedly and effectively tested directly during hostilities.
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