Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed an operational test firing of the long-range artillery (LORA) weapon system, marking the conclusive stage of several deals involving the unit.
The LORA system consists of a long-range tactical ground-to-ground missile, which has been developed by IAI's Malam division.
IAI Systems, Missiles & Space Group executive vice-president and general manager Boaz Levi said: “This was one of the most complex trials we held over the past few years and a technological breakthrough for IAI's missile development operations.”
The test was based on a complete operational outline, including an assessment of the weapon system's manoeuvring, assault and precision capabilities.
IAI's LORA artillery weapon system weighs approximately 1,600kg, and is intended for strike scenarios with a range of up to 400km with precision of 10m or greater.
The ground version of the missile was installed on a naval vessel and was sent far out in the sea during the trial, in compliance with the relevant safety requirements for such tests.
The LORA missile was launched from an operational system that features a command trailer and ground launcher, and subsequently navigated its course and successfully hit the designated target.
IAI president and CEO Joseph Weiss said: “This trial has demonstrated the advanced capabilities of LORA, the weapon system developed by IAI.
"LORA complements the range of missile systems developed by IAI to round up our fulfilment of our customers' needs.”
The company has been able to successfully meet all of its objectives for both the weapon system and the missile.
Image: LORA missile test firing. Photo: courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.