Israel Aerospace Industries IAI successfully test ship launch of LORA artillery missile
TheDrive reports that IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has successfully tested a long ranged (400 km/216 nautical miles) ballistic artillery missile launched from a container ship.
The missile is called LORA. LORA is a quasi-ballistic missile, meaning, it “has a low trajectory and/or is largely ballistic but can perform maneuvers in flight or make unexpected changes in direction and range.” It is advertised to both Armies and Navies and now has a man in the loop capability against moving targets (like ships). It is comparable to the US Army and Marine Corps’ ATACMS which has been upgraded to use against naval targets and is expected to be replaced by DeepStrike. Deepstrike will have greater range than 160km/86 nmile ATACMS (nearer the treaty limit for such weapons, or about 269 nautical miles) and will require only half the space of ATACMS, permitting four ready missiles on the M270 MLRS and two on the HIMARS launch vehicles.
There is already an indication that the next RIMPAC exercise will include an ATACMS launched from a ship against a ship.
Missiles with similar capabilities, at least against fixed targets, are available to, and in some cases for sale by, Russia, China, Iran, Syria, N. Korea, India, Pakistan, and Hezbollah. Rebels in Yemen have been using ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia.
Like most military developments these tactical ballistic missiles may be a blessing or a curse.
- They might be used in a terrorist attack against the US, a potential new threat.
- If we could call on Marine or Army units equipped with these missiles, they might be used to thwart a terrorist attack.
- Coast Guard cutters might take them aboard as temporary, improvised. weapons or they might even be permanently installed in wartime.
- It could give the Coast Guard the capability to deal with peacetime terrorist threats in the form of medium to large ships that I had hoped we could provide by using LRASM.
They might be used in a terrorist attack against the US:
Cruise missiles have already fallen into the hands of terrorist. We have seen them used against ships off Lebanon and Yemen. Use of ballistic artillery missiles from ships to land targets would not be much of a stretch. These small ballistic missile are not that different from cruise missiles in their support requirements. The LORA is claimed to require no maintenance for at least five years. Both cruise and ballistic missiles are now commonly truck mounted.
The US has basically no defense against cruise missile attack, and what little defense there is against ballistic missiles is targeted against ICBMs, not these shorter range missiles with their depressed trajectories and short time of flight.
If we could call on Marine or Army units equipped with these missiles, they might be used to thwart a terrorist attack:
Earlier we talked about the difficulties the Coast Guard would have dealing with any terrorist attack that might use a medium to large vessel as the attacking vehicle (here, here, here, and here) .
These weapons might provide a partial solution. At least some of the Army and Marine units armed with these missiles will spend time State-side.
With proper planning, equipment, training, and exercises we might be able to exploit the proximity of some of these units to provide a credible anti-ship capability.
A significant contributor to making this or other forms of cooperation with other military services possible would be to equip Coast Guard surface and air units with laser designators so we can make sure they pick out the right target.
Coast Guard cutters might take them aboard as temporary, extemporised weapons or they might even be permanently installed in wartime:
The option of loading Army or Marine Artillery rocket launchers on ships, including perhaps cutters and icebreakers may provide a quick upgrade.
During war-time, loading these rocket launchers on cutters, perhaps placing them on the flight deck, might be a way to provide more Naval Surface Fire Support or an anti-ship capability.
These tactical ballistic missiles might be particularly effective against the Russian or Chinese Navies that have had decades of effort developing countermeasures against sub-sonic, low altitude anti-ship missiles like the Harpoon, but have never had to deal with ballistic missiles.
If we find ourselves at war, adding several launchers to the flight-deck, might allow cutters to become dedicated Naval Surface Fire Support vessels (with an equally effective anti-ship capability).
Photo: LSM(R)-197 firing rockets at Okinawa, 1945.
It could give the Coast Guard the capability to deal with peacetime terrorist threats in the form of medium to large ships that I had hoped we could provide by using LRASM:
Photo: LORA missile launcher, 14 Sept. 2008, Hebrew Wikipedia, by Tal Inbar (טל ענבר)
Earlier I suggested that equipping our larger cutters with the LRASM missile might provide a means to deal with a medium to large vessel being used by terrorist. While the range and claimed precision of LRASM make it a good choice, the Deepstrike missile may be an alternative, assuming it also receives the ability to hit moving targets. While it isn’t clear that it is going to be accurate enough to target a ship’s propulsion, a penetrating warhead that comes in almost vertically, penetrates the ship from top, goes through the bottom and explodes below hull could be effective. The shorter time of flight of the ballistic missile would also be an advantage.
Another bit of extemporaneous weaponry was seen recently on an Egyptian LPD. These ships had been ordered by Russia from a French shipbuilder. Ultimately the French were convinced that building ships for Russia was not a good idea. Instead the two ships were sold to Egypt, but they never received the self-defense systems that would have come from Russia. NavyRecognition reports the vessel was seen with four Boeing AN/TWQ-1 Avenger short-range air-defense vehicles secured on deck as a stop-gap AAW system.
India’s OPV mounted ballistic missiles. Really a test rather than an expediency but below you can see that the Indians have launched fairly large ballistic missiles from an Offshore Patrol Vessel.
This may be of interest to you.
Regards, Rich Hoffner
On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 3:53 PM, Chuck Hill’s CG Blog wrote:
> Chuck Hill posted: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XFs8MxnTUs Israel > Aerospace Industries IAI successfully test ship launch of LORA artillery > missile TheDrive reports that IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has > successfully tested a long ranged (400 km/216 nautical mi” >
This from the German Navy blog “Marine Forum,”:
“21 August, Chile may become the first South American nation to deploy a shipborne land-attack capable cruise missile … eyeing Israeli IAI/Malam’s Long Range Attack (LORA) hybrid missile”
Marines fire truck mounted 227mm (9″) rocket from the deck of USS Anchorage.
“… also interested in putting the rocket launchers on other maritime platforms, such as Navy logistics ships, to create a sort of floating archipelago of fires in a specific region.” https://www.military.com/defensetech/2017/12/01/marine-corps-firing-rockets-ship-just-starting-point.html
More indication this is likely to happen during RIMPAC. http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-army-navy-have-plan-fire-ground-artillery-navy-ships-25174
Perhaps US Army on USCGC in an exercise in Alaska. Not much Navy up there and we may need to improvise.
Progress on DeepStrike integration with the two types of launchers. http://www.dmitryshulgin.com/2018/10/13/deepstrike/
Chinese have developed a short ranged anti-ship ballistic missile that can be fitted on ships. http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/24699/china-reveals-short-range-anti-ship-ballistic-missile-designed-to-dodge-enemy-defenses
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Update on production of pods for GMLRS. http://www.dmitryshulgin.com/2019/05/19/modular-pods/
Update on the ATACM replacement testing.
“The Army’s goal is to first develop PrSM to be used as an anti-ship missile, but it can’t just take one of the Navy’s missile seekers to get after the problem, Rafferty explained, as all of those are “sea-skimming” and look at targets on the horizon. A seeker in PrSM will have to look from the top down.
“Right now there really isn’t anything that does that. It doesn’t mean there isn’t a capability that could be learned,” Rafferty said, adding a number of S&T program are addressing this problem, and while there are no “plug-and-play” options, there are some solutions “that are close.”
The Army is also considering where it might test the PrSM offerings when the service is able to extend the range beyond 499km.”
Update from Raytheon on their version of Deep Strike.
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Lockheed’s precision strike missile. Currently the only competitor, has successful test, three out of three. https://www.defensenews.com/news/your-army/2020/04/30/us-army-completes-third-test-of-lockheeds-precision-strike-missile/
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This is still a possibility. https://www.spytalk.co/p/bombs-in-the-box-chinas-trojan-horse?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1t5LmkIoUU6TeoZgZzREZB46VnwHTVHXc9q9kJ-O4PJaWVuiEx6RcLYUM
“”Lockheed Martin’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) successfully completed its fourth consecutive flight test with the U.S. Army on May 12, 2021 in a 400-kilometer/259-mile demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.”
Bit of a typo in the article/posting. 400 kilometers is ~248.55 miles. Different sources likely reported the range as 249 & 250 miles, and the author probably got in jumbled in his head as he plagiarized LockMart’s press release and real journalists work.
Pushing the max range of the Precision Strike Missile.
Progress on the Precision Strike Missile.
Greater demonstrated range for Precision Strike Missile. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/ausa/2021/10/14/us-armys-precision-strike-missile-breaks-distance-record-in-flight-test/
Motor test for Precision Strike Missile. http://www.dmitryshulgin.com/2022/01/09/precision-strike-missile-2/
Progress on Precision Strike Missie
“The Army plans to initially field the weapon in FY23 and will spiral in more technology later, including an enhanced seeker, increased lethality and extended range. The priority for PrSM in the near term is to pursue a maritime, ship-killing capability.
“The Army also plans to begin integrating the Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile seeker into PrSM in FY23, giving it the capability to destroy ships. Crooks’ predecessor, Brig. Gen. John Rafferty, told Defense News last year that the Army was realistically aiming to field the capability in FY26.”