Israel MOD Orders Rafael Spike FireFly Loitering Munition

The Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) has placed an order for Rafael’s SPIKE FireFly loitering munition, the company announced.

Ordered for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Ground Forces, FireFly was designed for fighting within the urban arena where situational awareness is limited, the enemy is behind cover, and precision is critical. The system is known as “MAOZ” in IDF service.

Jointly developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the IMOD, FireFly weighs only 3 kg and provides Behind-Cover Precision Attack Capabilities for the Dismounted Soldier.

Rafael SPIKE FireFly Loitering Munition
Rafael SPIKE FireFly loitering munition. Photo by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

FireFly can be rapidly deployed within seconds. It is portable, durable, and includes a rugged airframe to withstand the harsh environment of urban combat. Its single-user operation is designed for the dismounted soldier – light, small, and agile.

Firefly features a dual seeker, target tracker, homing algorithms, computer vision, Safe & Arm fusing mechanisms, and a rugged tablet-based HMI (Human Machine Interface). The operation of FireFly is very intuitive, with no special skills required. FireFly enables overmatch to break combat deadlock and has a lethal effect on stationary and moving targets with or without line-of-sight to the operator.

FireFly has an abort/wave-off capability and full, safe returnability to the operator up to attack command. It can be operated day and night and has a low visual and acoustic signature.

“We are very proud of this contract, and we believe the procurement of FIREFLY by the IDF will dramatically revolutionize the infantry doctrines in urban close-combat, enabling precision engagement for the lower tactical echelons beyond-line-of-sight. This will give IDF soldiers a tactical edge in close combat. We see the Firefly as a building block in future potential applications for a large variety of battle arenas,” said Dr. Ran Gozali, EVP & Head of the Land & Naval Division at Rafael.

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