IAI fields new “missile-in-a-box” solution for Army fire support

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has brought to market the Jumper – a missile launched from a vertical launcher (VL) pack to precisely strike targets at ranges of up to 50km.

Jumper is a modular containerised system consisting of eight VL missiles and an integrated command-and-control unit in a space just 1.4m by 1.4m by 2m.

The system requires no operating crew and no special launching platform.

“Pinpoint accuracy and short time of flight make the Jumper a perfect solution for autonomous fire support to ground forces”, say IAI.

The missile is 1.8m long, has a diameter of 150mm and weighs 63 kg. It is equipped with a GPS/INS and 4 steering fins at its tail. In addition, the missile can home to a laser designation.
“Thus, a significant effect is achieved against a variety of target types, especially in urban operations where collateral damage is a major concern. The missile is armed with several possible warheads for fire missions that require prompt and accurate response,” the Israeli company adds.
“Jumper’s unique mode of operation is very relevant to the asymmetric warfare characteristics of the complex battlefield under which the Israeli Defense Force and other modern armies have to operate,” says recently retired Major General Eyal Ben-Reuven.