IDF acquires Rafael's Firefly loitering munition

IDF acquires Spike Firefly loitering munition – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has placed an order with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems for the acquisition of an undisclosed quantity of Spike Firefly miniature tactical loitering weapon systems
  • The contract follows a series of proof-of-concept trials – conducted in late 2019-early 2020 by the IDF and Israel Ministry of Defence (IMOD) – to verify the combat readiness of the Spike Firefly weapon system
  • Designed for single-user operation, Spike Firefly is a man-portable day/night, situational awareness/lethality loitering system “specifically intended to deliver organic fire support for light maneuvering ground forces/special forces fighting in a tactical urban environment, where situational awareness is limited, the enemy is behind cover, and stand-off precision engagement is critical,” as stated by Gal Papier, marketing manager, Precision Tactical Weapons Systems at Rafael Advanced Defence Systems
  • A co-operative development between Rafael and IMOD, the Firefly system leverages technologies from the Spike family of precision-guided tactical missiles
  • These include a dual-mode seeker (uncooled infrared [IR]/complementary metal oxide semiconductor [CMOS], and proximity sensor), electro-optic guidance with man-in-the-loop override, target tracker, homing algorithms, computer vision, Safe & Arm mechanism and human-machine interface
  • Weighing about 3 kg, the Spike Firefly is furnished with a lightweight (450 g) omnidirectional (360°) high lethality blast fragmentation warhead, housed in an 80×80×400 cm ruggedized composite airframe

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