Lebanon Israel border map.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
In an effort to increase its precision strike capabilities ahead of any future
conflict with Hizbullah in Lebanon, the IDF Artillery Corps is aiming to receive
a new budget from the IDF next year to purchase new advanced accurate rocket
The multiyear plan, under review by the IDF’s Planning Division,
is to be approved by the General Staff and inserted into the IDF’s multiyear
plan, to go into effect in 2011.
Accular, developed by Israel Military
Industries (IMI), is a 60 mm. autonomous surface-to-surface missile
guided by a
GPS system that puts it within 10 meters of a target. The rocket,
destroy artillery batteries and infantry command posts, was successfully
several months ago in the South.
The missile’s guidance and navigation is
performed by a flight computer, which includes a GPS, while the control
missile is achieved by the jet pulses, which enable trajectory
The missile is fired from a new launcher developed by
IMI called Lynx, which is designed to fire a variety of rockets – 160
mm. and 300 mm.
The launcher is loaded on the back of a truck and can be
reloaded in less than 10 minutes.
The IDF is also looking at EXTRA, under
development by IMI, which has a range of 150 km. and carries a 120 kg.
Both systems would be operated by the Artillery Corps and would
be used to attack static targets like radar stations and military bases.
precision rocket capabilities will grow significantly in the coming
senior Ground Forces Command officer said Thursday.
requirement to obtain longer-range rockets with great precision is an
IDF desire to take some of the load off the Israel Air Force and allow
focus strictly on strategic targets deep in enemy territory.
With the new
rocket systems, the IDF will create a division of responsibility between
Artillery Corps and IAF to clarify who is responsible for which targets
which ranges. “This will allow a much better use of our resources,” the
Another missile under review is the Jumper, developed by Israel
Aerospace Industries, which can function as an autonomous artillery
infantry forces operating behind enemy lines. The system includes a 3x3
that can be deployed in enemy territory.
Soldiers, operating a
significant distance away, can then insert coordinates of their desired
and fire one of the eight missiles inside the canister.
The missiles then
“jump” out of the vertical launch hive to precisely strike targets at
up to 50 kilometers. The system’s autonomous capability enables troops
distance themselves from the missile launcher, whose position will
compromised after it fires at enemy forces.