Israel Completes LORA Testing

Israel Aerospace Industries announced on June 20, 2017 that it had successfully finishing a firing test of the Long-Range Artillery (LORA) weapon system.

IAI noted in a statement, “Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed a firing trial with LORA (Long-Range Artillery weapon system) as the conclusive stage of several deals that involve the system. The trial consisted of launching a long-range LORA missile to a pre-planned target.”

LORA includes a long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile created by IAI’s MALAM division. The LORA missile, which weighs 1,600 kilograms, reportedly carries a range of up to 400 kilometers, with a precision of 10 meters. It is designed for use both in land-based units and on naval systems.

IAI’s statement added,

“During the trial the ground version of the artillery weapon system was positioned on a naval vessel far out in the sea, in compliance with safety requirements for trials of this kind. The missile was launched from an operational system that consists of a command trailer and ground launcher. Following the launch, the missile has navigated its course to the target, striking the designated target with high precision. Both the weapon system and the missile have successfully met all objectives.”

The president and CEO of the company, 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.”

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