24.1.2020

Firefly loitering munition integration with vehicles

IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles – link

Source: Jane’s

Article Headlines

  • Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armored Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles
  • In the summer of 2019 trials took place of the system integrated with the Israeli military’s Carmel program, which is developing technologies for next generation armored fighting vehicles
  • Rafael said the Spike Firefly is now ready for integration with other vehicles
  • The munition takes the form of a small UAV weighing less than 3 kg and is powered by coaxial counter-rotating two-blade propellers that fold away for storage
  • It has a maximum speed of 60 km/h, can dive at 70 km/h, and can fly in wind speeds of up to 36 km/h
  • The vehicle version has a three-tube launcher, with the munitions pushed out of the tube until their rotor blades deploy so they can fly out under their own power
  • The munition carries a removable payload, with an omnidirectional high explosive fragmentation warhead currently being the only option, although others may be developed

Overview & Comments

  • Rafael joins numerous companies already integrating their loitering munition systems with various vehicles:
  • UVision presented its system integrated with the EINSA NETON tactical vehicle
  • WB Group together with Rheinmetall presented the Warmate coupled with the Mission Master UGV
  • Aerovironment has partnered with General Dynamics on the same matter

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