TEL AVIV: Following recent rocket attacks from Gaza, Israeli experts say the IDF needs more surface-to-surface rocket versions to hit enemy rocket launchers.
An Israeli defense source told BD that the use of Israeli surface-to-surface missiles in the recent Nagorno-Karabakh war “increased interest in these missiles, particularly the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Lora.
“I can’t go into details, but I can say that American companies, including IAI subsidiary Stark Aerospace, can easily manufacture parts of this missile using FMF funds. Stark is making parts for the Israeli ballistic missile interceptor Arrow 3 and can easily start making the Lora and other Israeli-made surface-to-surface missiles – some of which are still classified. The administration will support such a move because it will add jobs to American companies. “
The LORA is a long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile developed by the MALAM division of the IAI. It has a range of 400 km and a CEP of 10 meters or better. The Lora was widely used by the Azeri army in the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
The defense source added that the United States had tracked the use of Israeli surface-to-surface missiles in the numerous reported attacks on Iranian targets in Syria. According to Syria, the missiles hit the targets with great precision.
The recent US-Israel FMF deal decreases the share of defense grants that can be converted into local Israeli currency, which may force Israeli companies to form joint ventures with US companies to manufacture long-range missiles.
A few years ago, former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberaman attempted to create a dedicated surface-to-surface missile unit within the IDF, but the plan was rejected by the Israeli Air Force.
Miki Bar, former commander of one of the main IAF bases, told BD that while the IAF has diversified its weapon systems, “I have no doubt that more precise surface-to-surface missiles in the long run. scope will be a very profitable capability. will complement that of the Air Force.
According to the latest estimates, Hezbollah currently has between 120,000 and 140,000 short-range rockets (range 25-28 miles), which cover northern Israel, several thousand medium-range rockets (range 56 miles); and several hundred rockets and long-range missiles (ranges of several hundred kilometers) capable of hitting targets anywhere in Israel.
Hezbollah rockets and missiles are scattered all over Lebanon. Its short-range rockets are mainly stored in the south near the Israeli border, in order to maximize their range. They are hidden in houses in 230 Shiite villages. If the Israeli army decides to enter these villages on the ground to stop this roadblock, it will encounter a series of fortifications and ambushes.
After its weaponization ramped up in the aftermath of the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah began investing in improving its precision capabilities with considerable Iranian assistance.
The IAF has carried out hundreds of attacks on facilities in Syria linked to Iran’s efforts to improve the accuracy of long-range rockets, but Israeli intelligence knows the terrorist organization still has a number “Considerable” precision rockets.