Eurosatory 2014

Firm grip on the land domain (ES14E2)

17 June 2014

Israel Aerospace Industries (Hall 6, Stand E738) is exhibiting at this year’s Eurosatory with an expanded presence. The focus of the company’s larger display is firmly on the land domain.

“Our goal is to be a major system house in the land domain,” said IAI’s president and CEO, Joseph Weiss. “We’re raising the engagement of IAI in the land domain to a strategic level.” That shift in corporate thinking is reflected here in the products exhibited.

New to the line-up is the Green Rock tactical counter rockets and mortar system, with an IAI Elta radar mounted on a vehicle. As well as providing protection against rockets and mortars, it has detection capabilities against small UAVs.

Another new product on show is Black Granite, a vehicle-mounted ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) system that also includes shot detection.

More land systems on display include IAI’s range of turreted ISR systems, such as the MOSP and Pop families, and the Lahat laser-guided missile that can be fired from helicopters, vehicles and even 105mm guns.

IAI has also built a formidable reputation as a pioneer in the UAV market. The large Heron UAV has been very popular around the world, and has been continuously improved by IAI. In February, a new generation, the Super Heron (pictured) with heavy-fuel engine, was unveiled in Singapore. At the other end of the size scale is the ArrowLite hand-held UAV unveiled last month at the AUVSI exhibition.

Designed by Stark Aviation, which is now a part of IAI North America, the ArrowLite weighs less than 3kg yet offers up to 2.5 hours of endurance and ranges of up to 15km.

IAI is taking its considerable experience of unmanned systems and applying them to the land domain. “We have all the building blocks from the air and sea system,” said Weiss. “We are taking netcentric capabilities from there to provide fully autonomous operation on the ground.”

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