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Very close competition in Poland between two Israeli companies that offer missiles for equipping the helicopters of this country’s helicopters.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is offering its LAHAT missile.
LAHAT (Laser Homing Attack) is an accurate lightweight missile, homing-in on a laser spot. It has a range of 10 km when launched from a helicopter.
According to IAI, LAHAT can be supplied a variety of mission-customized warheads. The lightweight missiles and launcher do not adversely affect the helicopter’s effective mission time.
The LAHAT System can be adapted to almost all helicopter types, even the lightest ones.
The system comprises IAI’s MOSP3000D observation payload with designation capabilities, a Weapons Control System (WCS) and two quad pack missile launchers.
The LAHAT competes with the Rafael Spike ER missile manufactured under license by Polish Defense Holding (previously Bumar). The Spike ER has a range of 8 km.
The Polish Air Force is planning to purchase 73 new combat helicopters. There are three bidders for this contract -Airbus Group, Sikorsky and Agusta Westland.