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The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has announced the procurement of Rafael’s FIRE WEAVER networked sensor-to-shooter system, which will become operational with ground forces later this year.

FIRE WEAVER was developed jointly by the IDF. The Israeli MoD and Rafael as part of the IDF’s battlefield digitisation process. The system connects all battle participants to enable the closure of rapid, precise, effective and secure sensor-to-shooter loops. As a result, FIRE WEAVER considerably maximises operational performance and shortens battle duration.

FIRE WEAVER provides tactical forces with a GPS-independent geopixel-based tactical common language among all sensors and shooters, resulting in optimal situational awareness and improved understanding of the battlefield. Targets, blue forces, sensitive locations and other items of interest are shared immediately and accurately then augmented on the system sights, based on 3D models using Rafael’s advanced computer vision technology. This enables troops to precisely locate the enemy from any vantage point and any distance, regardless of their own position.

In addition, FIRE WEAVER uses the company’s advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, processes battle data, analyzes it and prioritises fire allocation. FIRE WEAVER calculates the optimal shooter for each target, based on parameters such as location, line-of-sight, effectiveness, current ammunition status etc., while minimising collateral damage and fratricide, taking into consideration the rules of engagement in real time. The system includes a Fire Management Terminal application, which provides the commander with full control of the entire process, including cases of multiple parallel sensor-to-shooter loops.

FIRE WEAVER is complementary to any C4I system. While ordinary C4I systems are designed for HQ and commander level, FIRE WEAVER provides combat troops with real-time accurate battle information, displayed directly on their weapon sights, preventing mistakes. Furthermore, FIRE WEAVER is fully compliant with MIL STD 882. Last month, Rafael announced that FIRE WEAVER had also been selected as part of a study by the German Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Federal Armed Forces (BAAINBw), for the creation of a glass battlefield to support dynamic operations (ErzUntGlas).

FIRE WEAVER is a main milestone in the IDF’s battlefield digitisation effort. The innovative system essentially creates an 'operational internet' and brings to the battlefield the same innovation that the internet brought to the civilian world, the smart home and the smart cities. FIRE WEAVER enables operational connectivity between Joint forces and simplifies integration processes between naval, air and ground force,” commented a project leader within the Israeli Mo’s research directorate.

FIRE WEAVER is a significant force-multiplier, and it joins RAFAEL’s vast portfolio of ground-breaking systems, integrating top-notch technologies. In line with RAFAEL’s vision of connecting the capabilities, FIRE WEAVER will help the IDF in its efforts to prepare for the challenges of the multidimensional battlefield,” added the head of Rafael’s Land Innovation Centre, Shmuel Olanski.

FIRE WEAVER networks combat troops in increasingly complex scenarios. (Image: Rafael)

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