Israel Aerospace Industries announced it has carried out an operational dual firing trial of its Lora (Long-Range Artillery Weapon System) ballistic strike missile at sea.
The company said the trial was designed and performed under COVID-19 restrictions as part of IAI’s work plan, which included demonstrating the capabilities of the system to customers.
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 trial included two scenarios. The first one 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 precision. IAI said both the weapon system and the missile successfully met all of the trial’s objectives. Given the COVID-19 restrictions, the trial was executed with a portable trial field and a capsule team, which managed the trial remotely.
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 launcher, a command and control system, and a ground/marine support system. The system provides ballistic assault capabilities for multiple ranges with a precision level of 10 meters CEP.
“The trial was executed according to a fully functional design, which tested the system’s maneuvering, strike, and precision, as well as technological developments and enhancements introduced by our engineers,” Boaz Levy, IAI’s EVP and general manager of the systems, missiles and space group, said. “I would like to thank Israel’s Navy, Air Force, and Israeli Ministry of Defense for the collaboration and assistance in this trial.”