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IAI lifts the lid on new loitering munition

19th January 2023 - 18:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


A rendering of the Point Blank weapon. (Photo: IAI)

IAI is under contract with the US DoD to develop the hand-launched weapon.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled Point Blank – a 'hand-launched electro-optical guided missile'.

The company is under contract from the US DoD to develop and deliver ROC-X, a variant of the Point Blank system, to meet a requirement to increase the precision strike capabilities of small tactical teams.

The backpack-transportable weapon can take off and land vertically from a soldier's hand.

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IAI Missiles & Space Group EVP Guy Bar Lev said: 'Point Blank joins Israel Aerospace Industries' family of missiles, to provide ground-based tactical forces with more precise capabilities to undertake offensive operations especially against short-lived targets.'

IAI is scheduled to provide the first prototype ROC-Xs and training to the US DoD for operational testing and evaluation in FY2023.

Point Blank weighs 6.8kg and measures around 1m long. It can fly at altitudes over 1,500km at a maximum speed of 178mph.

The weapon can hover while confirming a target's nature and exact position before initiating an attack.

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