IAI to develop course-correcting artillery fuse for Israeli military


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has won a tender to develop, produce and supply course correcting artillery fuse for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The development and supply of TopGun course correction fuse for artillery shells, comes under a tender issued by the Israel's Ministry of Defense's Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D).

IAI / MALAM Division general manager Jacob Galifat said: "Following years of challenging technological development effort and multiple resources, we witness a unique technology that has matured so it can be further customised for the operational requirements of IDF.

“This project has faced us with new technological challenges, including protecting the survivability of electronic and mechanical components in a difficult firing environment and miniaturisation of the entire avionics into the size of a fuse.”

When mounted on 155mm shells used by the IDF, the TopGun add-on fuse guides the shell to its pre-defined target after it has been fired.

"This project has faced us with new technological challenges, including protecting the survivability of electronic and mechanical components."

The aerodynamic guidance is performed with small wings controlled by miniaturised avionics embedded into the fuse.

IAI's TopGun course correction fuse can accurately calculate its location in space and plan the optimal course required for the shell to engage with the predefined target.

It has been designed to convert standard artillery ammunition into a precision-guided weapon, which can be used for future warfare arenas, both in Israel and globally.

The fuse also facilitates the expansion of the task range allocated to artillery and the more efficient performance of artillery assignments, IAI stated.


Image: When mounted on 155mm shells used by the IDF, TopGun add-on fuse guides the shell to its pre-defined target after it has been fired. Photo: courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries.