• Credit: Rafael
    Credit: Rafael

Rafael Advanced Defense SystemsĀ has unveiled Sea Breaker, a 5th generation long range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system, enabling 'significant attack performance against a variety of high-value maritime and land targets'.

According to Rafael, Sea Breaker provides 'surgical, pin-point' precision strikes from stand-off ranges of up to 300 km. It features an advanced IIR (Imaging Infra-Red) seeker for engagement of maritime and land targets, stationary or moving, in advanced Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) arenas, and in littoral or brown water including archipelago - as well as for engagements in which previous generation RF-seeker-based missiles are not effective.

Sea Breaker can be launched from naval platforms ranging from fast attack missile boats to corvettes and frigates. The land version is a central part of the shore defence, 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, based on customer requirements.

Rafael says Sea Breaker uses AI to performs 'deep-learning and big data-based scene-matching', enabling Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA) and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR). The company also says the system has 'full operational capability' in GNSS-denied arenas in all weather conditions, and that the missile is ECM immune and jam-resilient.

Sea Breaker's mission profile enables sea-skimming and terrain-following low-level flight above ground.

Flying at high subsonic speeds, Sea 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 with a 250 lb. penetration blast and fragmentation warhead, making a single hit effective enough to neutralize a frigate-sized ship.

According to Rafael, 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 (BDA).

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