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  • google
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    Delilah cruise missile drone

    Date Posted: 21-Jul-2004


    JANE'S MISSILES AND ROCKETS - AUGUST 01, 2004

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    Delilah offered as a land-attack cruise missile
    Israel Military Industries (IMI) has developed ground- and ship-launched versions of its Delilah air-launched cruise missile. These are designated Delilah-GL and Delilah-SL. Video recordings of ground launches were shown at the Eurosatory defence exhibition in Paris.

    Delilah was originally fielded as an airborne decoy, but by the mid-1990s had been further developed to create an air-to-surface tactical missile. This was fielded in several versions, including the STAR-1 anti-radiation missile. The manufacturer was unwilling to describe these as cruise missiles, but preferred the term 'air-to-ground standoff powered UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)'.

    Cleared for carriage on the F-4 Phantom and the F-16 Fighting Falcon, Delilah has been in service as an air-launched weapon since the early 1990s with Israel's F-16D and upgraded F-4E aircraft. Converting this proven weapon for surface launch required the addition of a solid-propellant tandem booster. This powers the missile from its multi-cell ground launcher, which is elevated to an angle of about 45?. No details of the shipboard installation have been released.

    Once up to flying speed, Delilah is powered by a Bet Shemesh Engines BS 175 single-shaft turbojet, which gives the missile a maximum speed of Mach 0.9 and a maximum operating altitude of 30,000ft. Officially the weapon has a range of 250km, but Israeli defence sources have described it as a "300km-plus weapon".

    The missile is programmed on the ground with key parameters such as waypoints and flight altitudes. Navigation is fully autonomous, being based on a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) and inertial navigation.

    Once in the target area, the missile activates its seeker, which can be forward-looking infrared (IR) or an electro-optical (EO) sensor. These are interchangeable; both have the resolution needed to identify targets at ranges of up to 16km and incorporate a target auto-tracking capability which gives the weapon the ability to hit moving targets by day (with the EO seeker) or by night (with the IR seeker). In trials, the missile has engaged a target moving at 50km/h.

    The operator can confirm the final target using the missile's datalink. If the target cannot be identified on the initial approach, the missile will fly a go-around manoeuvre and make a new approach. Delilah can also be commanded to orbit over an area of interest to wait until the target can be positively identified; watch for fresh targets or perform battle-damage assessment.

    Delilah-GL and -SL were designed to deal with a target set that includes enemy radars; surface-to-air missile systems; ballistic-missile transporter erector launcher vehicles; and ships. The standard payload is a 30kg high-explosive warhead but IMI is known to be developing a new penetrating warhead.

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  • ohadbx
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    #2
    Very interesting, thanks.
    The article mentioned videos - any links or pictures?

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    • google
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      #3
      no videos, sorry.

      You can see some pictures here;

      http://www.israeli-weapons.com/weapo.../Delilah2.html

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      • ohadbx
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        #4
        Sorry, I meant of the GL or SL.

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