Rafael Unveils Stand-off “Rocks” Missile

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On February 20, Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems unveiled its new stand-off “Rocks” air-to-surface missile (ASM) at the Aero India show in Bangalore. According to Rafael representatives, the Rocks travels faster than Mach 1 and is capable of attacking surface or more hidden underground targets. The missile employs GPS/INS midcourse guidance, electro-optical IR seeker, scene-matching technology used in Rafael’s Spice stand-off glide munitions, and either a penetration or blast-fragmentation warhead. Rafael’s deputy general manager for business development, marketing, and strategy, Gideon Weiss, said the missile is in a “Technical Readiness Level (TRL 8)” development phase, completing full-scale development and testing with just the final phase of the development process remaining. The Rocks is currently certified on an Israeli Air Force F-16I Sufa multirole aircraft.