TEL AVIV (Dec. 19)
The Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) announced it has a new sophisticated sea-to-sea missile in advanced stages of development.
It is the Gabriel Mark 3 sea-to-sea missile — a new development based on the I Al-designed and produced Gabriel sea-to-sea missile, which has had a great success in Israeli sea battles, with a very high hit rate.
The new missile can be launched from a wide variety of aircraft at an undisclosed maximum height. Fitted with a radar target-seeking device, the missile drops to near sea level and can then continue to its target in either one of two ways.
It can be sent in the general direction of the target with its course amended by the aircraft pilot, or it can be fired to use its radar to seek its target independently of its launching aircraft which can then leave the area.
The range of the Gabriel Mark 3 is over 36 miles. It strikes its target just above the waterline. It is fitted with a 150-kg warhead.