Monday, February 17, 2014


This is coolbert:

Here is the latest and greatest and most modern weapon having the SEAD mission [suppression enemy air defense].

The Israeli Harop.


That letter "C" signifying COMBAT. Death by suicide drone.

"The IAI Harop . . . is an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) . . . the drone itself is the main munition. This SEAD-optimised UCAV is designed to loiter the battlefield and attack targets by self-destructing into them."

A combat drone. A drone NOT merely for surveillance, observation, reconnaissance.

"The IAI Harop . . . is launched from ground- or sea-based canisters, but can be adapted for air-launch . . . the Harop is controlled in flight by a remote operator. The Harop features two guidance modes: it can either home in on radio [radar] emissions by itself with its anti-radar homing system, or the operator can select static or moving targets detected by the aircraft's electro-optical sensor."

That mission to specifically KILL enemy air defenses.

Harop. UCAV that  scale not so clear. Length: 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 3.00 m (9 ft 10 in)
Harop having an autonomous combat capability guided to target "homing" on the radar emissions of the enemy emitter OR controlled by an operator from a considerable distance using and electro-optical line.

Missiles of the "homing" type in existence for many decades and referred to as anti-radiation-missiles [ARM], in the American inventory the earliest version the SHRIKE! Also an improved version of SHRIKE called the HARM [high-speed-anti-radiation-missile]. Anti-radiation more correctly signifying ANTI-RADAR.

Harop carries a pretty significant punch and can destroy either and enemy air defense radar OR the missiles associated with same. Those target acquisition [TA] and fire control [FC] radars of an adversary subject to destruction, firing units in the process rendered ineffective.

The UCAV ideally suited for the SEAD mission, expendable, danger to the operator negligible!

NOTE too that Israel is at the FOREFRONT of such weapons design and development. Remarkable for a country of only about seven million persons.


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