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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled the newest member in its Loitering Munitions (LM) family, the Maritime Harop. The new marine capabilities of the Harop provide an operational response for a range of naval vessels, from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates. The technological adjustments of the marine Harop include, according to IAI announcement, a launcher with new marine configuration and adjustments of the communication channel of the loitering munition.
HAROP is a long endurance LM which can be launched from a variety of platforms, and is equipped with tactical UAV capabilities: high performance FLIR/ color CCD EO seeker with 360 degrees hemispherical coverage. It searches, detects, attacks and hits high value relocateable, time critical, land or sea-based moving targets with pinpoint accuracy at long ranges.
A HAROP unit is comprised of LM launchers and a Mission Control Shelter (MCS) that enables missile control with a ‘Man in the Loop’ operation, and real time engagement or abort attack capability to avoid collateral damage. The HAROP can be applied to a variety of battle scenarios, including low and high intensity conflicts, urban warfare and counter terror operations.
According to IAI, when used on marine platforms, the Harop provides excellent operational alternative to sea-sea missiles as well as a range of additional uses such as intelligence gathering and allowing the operator to choose the precise timing of the attack.
IAI is a global pioneer in developing and fielding various types of LMs: Harpy and Harpy NG (an autonomous anti-radiation LM for SEAD/DEAD missions), HAROP, an Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR)-guided, man-in-the-loop LM, designed to locate, track and destroy high quality static and mobile targets, and more.