IAI | Unveils the air-launched variant of its LORA ballistic missile
Defence Redefined
Published on 09/06/2024 at 17:27

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a new air-launched ‘deep stand-off’ variant of its Long-Range Artillery (LORA) precision strike tactical missile called the Air LORA.

According to IAI, already test-launched from an F-16 fighter, the Air LORA is a long-range air-to-ground missile developed for strike missions against high-value and well-protected targets such as command centres, air force bases, infrastructure and naval vessels.

With a robust warhead of various types, Air LORA enables air forces to strike enemy targets from far distances outside the reach of enemy air defences, while it features high survivability with advanced immune to anti-jamming INS/GNSS navigation.

IAI states that the Air LORA can be simply integrated into airborne platforms as a stand-alone configuration or through the avionics system and is easy to operate with fire-and-forget mode.

The exact technical characteristics of Air LORA are not known, but the technical characteristics of the land-based version are:

  • Weight: 1600 kg
  • Length: 5.2 m
  • Diameter: 624 mm
  • Range: 430 km
  • Warhead: 570 kg / high explosive, blast fragmentation or deep penetration

The Air LORA, according to IAI, has a very high mission success rate mainly due to its supersonic speed as well as terminal trajectory shaping a 90° attack angle at a range of 280 km.

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