Israeli defense technology company Rafael has unveiled the Sea Breaker long range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system, which it says will enable attack performance against a variety of high-value maritime and land targets.
Sea Breaker is a naval and artillery unit force-multiplier designed using Rafael’s legacy of high-end precision-guided solutions.
Sea Breaker provides precision strikes from stand-off ranges of up to 300 km. It features an advanced IIR (imaging infra-red) seeker for engagement of stationary or moving maritime and land targets.
The company says the missile can operate in anti access/area denial (A2/AD) arenas, as well as for engagements in which RF-seeker-based missiles of previous generations were not effective.
The missile can be launched from naval platforms, varying in size, from fast attack missile boats, to corvettes and frigates. The land version is a central part of the shore defense, based on Rafael’s Spyder launchers. The battery architecture supports standalone launchers, or operation as an integrated solution, with a command and control unit (CCU) and various sensors.
Using artificial intelligence, Sea Breaker performs deep-learning and big data-based scene-matching, enabling automatic target acquisition (ATA) and automatic target recognition (ATR).
According to Rafael, the missile is ECM immune and jam-resilient.
As explained, the Sea Breaker flies at high subsonic speeds and has a multi-directional, synchronized full sphere attack capability, based on predefined attack plans, according to waypoints, azimuth, impact angle and aim point selection. The missile has a 250 lb. penetration, blast and fragmentation warhead, making a single hit effective enough to neutralize a frigate-sized ship.
The missile’s datalink supports real-time man-in-the-loop decision-making and tactical updates. It also features a mid-flight abort capability and battle damage assessment.