Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Israel buys new precision rocket arsenal to 'cover entire region' - Lilach Shoval and Israel Hayom Staff

by Lilach Shoval and Israel Hayom Staff

Purchase of hundreds of millions of shekels in advanced rockets dovetails with Defense ‎Minister Avigdor Lieberman's plan to equip IDF with projectiles covering ‎range of 30 to 150 kilometers

An AccuLAR series precision rocket procured by the Defense Ministry
Photo: Israel Military Industries

The Defense Ministry announced Monday it had signed ‎a deal worth hundreds of millions of shekels with ‎Israel Military Industries for the development and ‎acquisition of advanced precision rockets.‎

‎"This precision fire capability significantly ‎improves the IDF's capabilities and allows for ‎accurate strikes in remote launches, at immediate ‎availability and at lower costs compared to other ‎combat systems," the Defense Ministry said in a ‎statement.‎

The new rockets will include advanced technological ‎systems suitable for ‎modern battlefields. ‎

The procurement follows a directive by Defense ‎Minister Avigdor Lieberman to equip the IDF with an ‎array of advanced rockets and missiles covering a ‎range of 30-150 kilometers (18-93 miles). ‎

‎"We are forging ahead with our plan to set up an ‎array of precision rockets and missiles. Some of ‎them are already in production and some have entered ‎their last research and development stages," ‎Lieberman said Monday.‎

‎"We are acquiring and developing high-precision ‎‎fire systems that will enable us to ‎bolster the IDF's offensive capabilities. In a few ‎years, the IDF will be able to cover every point in ‎the region, be it near or far."

IMI Chairman Yitzhak Aharonovich said, "The ‎innovative rocket systems the IDF will acquire in ‎this deal demonstrate the technological capabilities ‎of the company, which specializes in precision firepower for pinpoint strikes on a variety of ground ‎targets."‎

Defense officials said the deal, led by the Defense ‎Administration for the Development of Weapons and ‎Technological Infrastructure at the Defense ‎Ministry, aims to provide the Israeli Air Force ‎with sufficient ground-based support in case Israel's ‎airports come under attack.‎

The use of precision rockets on a large scale is designed to counter the threat posed by the ‎Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group as well as ‎reduce the ground forces' overall dependence on the ‎IAF, one defense official said. ‎

Lilach Shoval and Israel Hayom Staff

Source: http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/08/27/israel-buys-new-precision-rocket-arsenal-to-cover-entire-region/

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