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Israel Debuts the Point Blank Hand-launched Guided Missile

January 20, 2023

by: JNS

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Missiles developed and produced by Israel Aerospace Industries

Friday, 20 January 2023 | The US Department of Defense has awarded Israel Aerospace Industries [IAI] a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to create and deliver a new hybrid electro-optically guided missile, the company announced on Thursday.

The IAI Point Blank electro-optically guided missile, which can be carried in a soldier’s backpack, has been unveiled. The system meets the operational objective of providing an independent and organic capability to units ranging in size from small tactical teams to battalions, increasing their precision strike lethality and survivability.

The IAI will deliver the prototypes and training to the US Department of Defense for evaluation during US fiscal year 2023.

The Point Blank missile weighs only 15 pounds [6.8 kg.], is around three feet [0.9 m.] long, can fly at heights over 1,500 feet [0.4 km.] at a maximum speed of 178 miles per hour [286 km/h.], and can hover in the air.

Posted on January 20, 2023

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on January 19, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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