of the Israeli and German ministries of defense signed an agreement
to cooperate in the development of new types of loitering weapons.
According to the agreement, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)
and the German Rheinmetall Defense company (RDE) will cooperate
in the development of network-centric systems that will provide
land forces with the means for persistent surveillance, targeting
and attack of high value targets by loitering munitions.
cooperation is based on the extensive experience IAI has gathered
with unmanned vehicles and loitering weapons, especially the
Harpy and its precision-attack
derivative formerly known as Cuttlass.
RDE maintains a leading position as a provider of UAVs for reconnaissance
and surveillance missions for the German Army. As a near term
goal, the companies will cooperate in pursuance of the WABEP
precision attack stand-off weapon system project, planned by
the German Ministry of Defense. WABEP will integrate the capabilities
of the KZO UAV, developed
and produced by RDE, combined with a loitering weapon from IAI
Systems, Missiles and Space Group. RDE is also offering a counter-radar
loitering weapon known as Taifun (TARES).
IAI is also cooperating with MBDA, in pursuit of a similar
program in the UK.