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Rafael to unveil the Ice Breaker multi-domain missile | New

Rafael unveils an air-launched version of his recently introduced Sea Breaker precision-guided anti-ship missile, called the Ice Breaker, at the Farnborough Airshow.

The 700 kg (1,540 lb) weapon, which has a range of 162 nm (300 km), is suitable for light attack aircraft such as the Embraer Super Tucano or Leonardo M-345, as well as rotorcraft , including the Airbus Helicopters AS332 Super Puma or Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk, says the Israeli missile house.

Although Rafael announced a year ago that the Sea Breaker had sea or land launch capability, the intention was to market it as suitable for air, land or naval applications once government clearance was obtained, says Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Ofer Weinberg.

According to Rafael, the weapon, which is compatible with the company’s other missile systems such as Spice and Spyder, has already “attracted the attention of potential customers on three continents”. Although the company does not confirm whether it is already used by the Israeli military, the country’s defense companies rarely market products for export that have not been deployed in the country.

The company describes Ice Breaker as a “fifth-generation precision-guided autonomous missile system, enabling significant attack performance against a variety of high-value land and sea targets.”

The missile, which is equipped with an imaging infrared seeker and can fly at “high subsonic speed”, is resistant to electronic countermeasures and can operate in environments lacking GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), says Rafael.

Datalinks allow operators to drop mid-air and receive battle damage assessments. The weapon carries a 113 kg penetration, blast and fragmentation warhead.