JUNE 24, 2017
An Israeli defense contractor has successfully test-fired a missile with a 400-kilometer range that can fit into a standard shipping container.
Launched from a ship, it joins the trend of weaponizing civilian freighters.
The missile that was fired on Tuesday, dubbed LORA or Long-Range Artillery weapon system, is produced by state-owned defense giant Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). According to company specifications, the solid-propellant ground-to-ground 1,600-kilogram projectile has a range of 400 kilometers and can be fired at a target in just 10 minutes.
First revealed in 2006, the missiles were originally designed to be secretly deployed. To protect them from detection, the missiles are stored in dedicated sealed canisters that can fit inside a standard shipping container and have a shelf life of seven years without maintenance.
From the start, IAI saw LORA as both land-based and ship-based system. This week…
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