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Rafael Advanced Systems is unveiling a new long-range stand-off air-to-surface missile, which may be used against high-value targets, stationary and re-locatable, even in theaters where the enemy employs effective GPS countermeasures.
Equipped with either a penetration or blast fragmentation warhead, the Rocks missile can destroy above-ground or well-defended underground targets in heavily surface-to-air-defended areas.
Rocks is launched at a very significant standoff range, well outside of the enemy’s air-defense coverage area, and performs a high-velocity trajectory towards the target. This minimizes the launch aircraft exposure to threats, as well as improves the strike success rate.
Rocks uses its INS/GPS for midcourse navigation, while homing on to the target is performed by using its EO seeker and advanced image processing algorithms, which ensures hitting targets with great precision, overcoming GPS jamming or denial, according to the company’s announcement.
Rocks provides a cutting-edge and cost-effective solution that combines several combat-proven technologies inherited from our latest generation SPICE system. Rocks effectively answers a growing demand for long range, GPS-independent
Air-to-Ground precision strike capability”, Said Yuval Miller, Executive Vice-President and General-Manager of Rafael’s Air & C4ISR Systems Division, during an exhibition in India. “As of today, Rafael is well-situated in India with a broad industrial base, Joint-Ventures, indigenous companies and a substantial Indian supply-chain, as part of our commitment to the “MAKE-IN-INDIA” policy”, Miller added.