Israel Aerospace Industries (Stand S7-341) has developed a maritime variant of its ubiquitous Harop loitering munition. It has been configured to include a maritime launcher, and has an adapted communication antenna to support operations in this domain.
The maritime Harop builds on the electro-optical/infrared-guided baseline system, which is designed to locate, track and eliminate static and mobile targets. The system can be used alongside smaller offshore patrol vessels up to naval frigates.
‘‘The maritime Harop is an operational weapon system that provides navies with unique response and at good cost-benefit ratio,’’ said Boaz Levi, executive vice-president and general manager of IAI’s Systems, Missiles & Space Group.
‘‘When used on marine platforms, it provides an excellent operational alternative to sea-sea missiles, as well as a range of additional uses, such as intelligence gathering and allowing the operator to choose the precise timing of the attack,’’ he added.