RAFAEL’s SPYDER Offers Counter TBM Capabilities

RAFAEL has announced that its combat-proven SPYDER air defence system is now enhanced with a sophisticated Counter-TBM (tactical ballistic missiles) capability.

The introduction of this feature is the product of RAFAEL’s Counter-TBM SPYDER programme, which involved researching and analysing the lessons learned from recent and ongoing armed conflicts involving extensive use of tactical ballistic missiles. The programme has brought about a practical upgrade to the SPYDER system which is equipped for implementation. In response to urgent operational requests from several existing customers throughout the world, the programme will extend the capabilities of the SPYDER’s effectors as well as the implementation of various Counter-TBM derivatives across the system.

Executive Vice President and General Manager Air & Missile Defense Systems Division Brig. Gen. (Res.) Pinhas Yungman, “RAFAEL is a world-leading expert in the field of missile defense, as evidenced by our top-notch products, such as DAVID’S SLING and IRON DOME. We are proud to announce that our international sales leader – SPYDER – has been reinforced with a tactical ballistic missile defense capability. This extremely important Counter-TBM feature will be offered as an option in the SPYDER’s toolbox. Under the SPYDER&’s tailor-made solution paradigm this capability will be offered as a cost-effective option to our valuable customers with respective urgent operational needs.”

The SPYDER Air Defense System is the only Israeli-made air defence system that has been incorporated into the aerial defence array of NATO. SPYDER is a quick reaction, low-level surface-to-air missile system designed to counter attacks by aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, and precision-guided munitions. The system provides effective protection of valuable assets and first-class d
efence for forces located in the combat area. SPYDER’s open architecture allows external components to be easily integrated and flexibly combined, affording different configurations with various ranges and capabilities based on customer needs and priorities. Its autonomous capabilities can detect threats while on the move and enables a 360° launch within seconds of the target being declared hostile, in all-weather, multi-launch, and net-centric capabilities. All the SPYDER systems have multiple target engagement capabilities for handling saturation attacks.

According to Rafael, “SPYDER systems incorporate the most advanced air-to-air-missiles with proven performance: Rafael’s PYTHON-5 dual waveband IIR missile, I-DERBY active radar BVR, and the I-DERBY ER long-range missile, each of which can be used for air-to-air missions.”

The SPYDER-SR and SPYDER-ER variants provide 360° slant launching missile systems that provide quick reaction, lock-on-before-launch (LOBL), and lock-on-after launch (LOAL) capabilities while extending the range of defence to up to a 40 km radius. The SPYDER-MR and SPYDER-LR offer medium & long-range target interception through vertical launch while pushing the defence envelope up to an 80 km radius. The most recent variant, SPYDER All-in-One, incorporates an integrated radar, Toplite EO/IR sensor, and launcher onto a single platform to address a defence force’s individualised, operational needs.



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