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Israel’s Rafael unveils new Ice Breaker multi-service missile

Ice Breaker missile
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Israeli defense technology company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled a new 5th generation long-range missile dubbed the Ice Breaker.

Featuring an autonomous precision-guided missile system, Ice Breaker provides precision strike capabilities from standoff ranges up to 300 km. The company says the missile, which is part of the Sea Breaker missile family, can be used against a variety of high-value land, and sea targets.

According to Rafael, the missile is resilient to electronic countermeasure and is fully operational in GNSS-denied arenas. It also has an IIR (Imaging Infra-Red) seeker, ideal for stationary or moving land and maritime target engagement in advanced Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) arenas.

The missile will be officially introduced at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, roughly one year after the introduction of the Sea Breaker, which serves as the naval, land-based version of the all encompassing Ice Breaker.

Ice Breaker is said to be compatible with various aerial platforms including, among others, jet fighters, light aircraft, and helicopters.

The missile’s datalink supports real-time man-in-the-loop decision-making and tactical updates, with mid-flight abort and battle damage assessment (BDA) capabilities. The missile also utilizes artificial intelligence technology, performing deep-learning and big data based scene-matching to enable automatic target acquisition (ATA) and automatic target recognition (ATR).

Flying at high subsonic speeds, Ice Breaker has a multi-directional, synchronized full sphere attack capability, based on predefined attack plans, according to waypoints, azimuth, impact angle and aim point selection, ensuring a high probability of mission success. With a 250 lb. penetration, blast and fragmentation warhead.

Rafael also noted that the missile is a multi service operational solution, meaning the same missile can be operated from air, sea and ground launchers.