IDF Seeks New Rocket Systems

25 August 2010 (Last Updated August 25th, 2010 18:30)

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) plans to acquire Accular, EXTRA and Jumper advanced accurate rocket systems next year to increase its precision strike capabilities. The Accular rocket is a 60mm autonomous surface-to-surface missile guided by a GPS system and is designed to destroy artil

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) plans to acquire Accular, EXTRA and Jumper advanced accurate rocket systems next year to increase its precision strike capabilities.

The Accular rocket is a 60mm autonomous surface-to-surface missile guided by a GPS system and is designed to destroy artillery batteries and infantry command posts from a new launcher called Lynx.

The EXTRA, which is under development, has a range of 150km and is capable of carrying a 120kg warhead.

The Jumper is an autonomous system for infantry forces operating behind enemy lines to strike targets at ranges of 50km and includes a 3×3 canister that can be deployed in enemy territory.

The systems would be used to attack static targets like radar stations and military bases.

The procurement of the longer-range rockets by the IDF Artillery Corps is believed to be aimed at aiding future conflict with Hezbullah.