Leveraging its technological innovation in disciplines such as electro-optics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and decision-making algorithms aimed at achieving full operational capability in GNSS-denied environments, Rafael has launched SEA BREAKER, a 5th-generation long range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system for maritime superiority missions, the company announced on 30 June.

Enabling significant attack performance against a variety of high-value maritime and land targets, SEA BREAKER is a naval and artillery unit force multiplier, designed to overcome the challenges of modern warfare, and exploiting Rafael's legacy of high-end precision-guided solutions. It provides surgical precision strikes from stand-off ranges of up to 300km, and features an advanced imaging infra-red (IIR) seeker, ideal for the engagement of stationary or moving maritime and land targets, in littoral or brown water, and for engagements in which previous-generation RF seeker-based missiles are ineffective.

SEA BREAKER can be launched from naval vessels small and large. The ground-based version is also an integral component of coastal defence, based on Rafael's highly mobile SPYDER launcher. Battery architecture supports standalone launchers, or operation within an integrated solution, based on specific user requirements. Using artificial intelligence (AI), SEA BREAKER conducts deep learning and big data-based scene-matching – unique combat-proven Rafael technologies – enabling automatic target acquisition recognition. The system retains full operational capability in GNSS-denied arenas, in all weather conditions. The missile is ECM immune and jam-resilient. SEA BREAKER’s mission profile enables sea-skimming and terrain-following low-level flight profiles.

Flying at high subsonic speeds, SEA BREAKER has a multi-directional, synchronized, full-sphere attack capability, with predefined attack plans based on waypoints, azimuth, impact angle and aim point selection, ensuring a high probability of mission success. Its 250lb penetration, blast and fragmentation warhead makes a single hit effective enough to neutralise a frigate-sized vessel. The missile's datalink supports real-time man-in-the-loop decision-making and tactical updates. It also features mid-flight abort and battle damage assessment capabilities.

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SEA BREAKER can adopt a number of tactical flight profiles, including sea-skimming. (Photo: Rafael)

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