Rafael extends Iron Dome C-RAM to the naval domain

RAFAEL unveils at Euronaval the C-DOME - close-in weapon system that provides a defensive shield for naval surface vessels, against multiple simultaneous ripple attacks.

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Rafael's new C-DOME close-in weapon system provides a defensive shield for naval surface vessels, against multiple simultaneous ripple attacks. Photo: RAFAEL
C-DOME suite comprises a 10-missile stack, packed in a vertical launch unit installed below deck. The system utilizes combat-proven Tamir interceptor missiles, and command and control, integrated with the ship's surveillance and air defense radar. Photos: RAFAEL
C-DOME suite comprises a 10-missile stack, packed in a vertical launch unit installed below deck. The system utilizes combat-proven Tamir interceptor missiles, and command and control, integrated with the ship’s surveillance and air defense radar. Photos: RAFAEL

RAFAEL is extending the Iron Dome Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar defense system to the maritime domain, to protect surface vessels from a wide range of threats, including ballistic trajectory and direct attack weapons. The navalized system dubbed ‘C-Dome’ is a Point Defense System designed to handle saturation attacks in both blue and littoral waters, by engaging multiple targets simultaneously. Similar to C-RAM scenario, saturation attacks at sea would require very short reaction time thus requiring the employment of automatic and semi-automatic engagements.

To address those threats C-Dome include a multi-round launcher assembly loaded with ten vertically-launched canisterised ‘Tamir’ interceptors packed in a modular Vertical Launcher Unit installed below deck. Tamir interceptors have proved themselves in over a thousand successful intercepts in recent combat engagements with rockets of different types.

The systems’ small footprint enables integration on small ships, including OPVs, small Corvettes or offshore rigs. The system utilizes the ship’s own surveillance radar and does not require a dedicated fire control radar. The systems’ command and control are integrated with the ship’s combat management system, facilitating seamless system operation.

C-Dome uses the combat-proven Iron Dome interceptor – Tamir – that has already achieved more than 1000 successful interceptions. Unlike the Iron Dome configuration, C-Dome Tamir interceptors are launched vertically, supporting  unrestricted 360° azimuth coverage. The missile has an advanced warhead that ensures high kill probability against a wide range of targets. Recent combat engagements have challenged the interceptor, which demonstrated extremely agility and high rate-of-turn to facilitate intercepting in extremely demanding scenarios. and ripple attacks. The missile uses a smart proximity fuze that maximizes lethality of its powerful warhead to ensure target destruction.

Rafael's new C-DOME close-in weapon system provides a defensive shield for naval surface vessels, against multiple simultaneous ripple attacks. Photo: RAFAEL
Rafael’s new C-DOME close-in weapon system provides a defensive shield for naval surface vessels, against multiple simultaneous ripple attacks. Photo: RAFAEL