The Israeli Navy and the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure have successfully test-fired a new anti-ship missile developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, IAI.
During the test, the new missile was launched from a Sa’ar 5-class corvette at a target ship. The missile scored a direct hit as seen in a video of the test released on September 25.
In a statement, the Israeli Defense Forces said the new missile system has better accuracy, flexible attack capabilities, longer range and a better ability to deal with advanced threats.
“The missile system will ensure the maritime superiority of the Navy,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement, adding that “the implementation of the system is a significant step in strengthening the navy and maintaining the IDF’s superiority in the maritime arena.”
The missile system, whose name is yet to be announced, will be integrated onto the Sa’ar 5 corvettes and on the more advance new Sa’ar 6s, which are set to enter active duty in a few months.
Currently, the Israeli Navy arms its vessels with domestic-made Gabriel missiles as well as AGM-84 Harpoon missiles imported from the U.S.
The Israeli military is constantly working to reinforce and modernize is naval forces, which are highly active in Eastern Mediterranean.
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