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Israel Aerospace Industries completes firing trial at sea with LORA ballistic missile


According to a press release published on June 2, 2020, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed a dual operational firing trial at sea with LORA (Long-Range Artillery Weapon System), a precise ballistic strike missile. The tactical ballistic missile can be launched from both ground- and sea-based platforms against infrastructures, bunkers or buried fortifications deep inside enemy territory.
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Israel Aerospace Industries completes firing trails at sea with LORA ballistic missile 925 001 IAI Israel Aerospace Industries has successfully completed an operational dual firing trial at sea with the LORA Weapon System. (Picture source IAI)


Held in the open sea, the trial included the launch of two long-range LORA missiles to a pre-defined hit point at sea. The complex trial included two scenarios to test and demonstrate LORA’s advanced capabilities. The first scenario involved a short-range launch to 90 km and the second to a long range of 400 km. In its ground version, the weapon system was deployed on a ship in the open sea to comply with the safety requirements of trials of this type.

The missile was launched from an operational system that comprises a command trailer and a ground launcher. Under both scenarios, the missile was launched to its trajectory, navigated its course to the target, and hit it with utmost precision. Both the weapon system and the missile successfully met all of the trial’s objectives.

Developed by IAI’s MALAM division, LORA is a sea-to-ground and ground-to-ground system which comprises a long-range ballistic missile, a unique launcher, a command and control system, and a ground/marine support system. The LORA system provides ballistic assault capabilities for multiple ranges with a precision level of 10 meters CEP.

LORA was developed at IAI’s Systems, Missiles & Space Group. The Group boasts a long record in air-defense systems, such as the Arrow 2 and 3, the Barak 8, loitering missiles, and countless missile and satellite systems, such as observation satellites, nano-satellites, communication satellites (including Dror, the national communication satellite). The Group has also co-built the Beresheet spacecraft which traveled to the moon on its first mission. IAI is a national and global technological hub for air defense, radars, satellites, unmanned vehicles, civilian aviation, and cyber.