A different system, which can also be deployed with the MLRS platform is the ground-launched version of the IMI Delilah precision attack loitering missile. The Air to Ground version of this missile, known as “Hanit” (spear) is already deployed with the Israel Air Force, IMI is offering a ground launched version of the missile. To demonstrate A ground launch capability, the company recently launched a booster-augmented version of the missile,. The rocket booster provides initial acceleration and altitude positioning the missile in optimal conditions to start the jet engine and for the cruise phase.
Delilah-GL’s (the ground version) and -SL (for the naval version) missiles are offering surface-to-surface attack capability with the same performance as the air to ground attack missile. Delila GL is designed for operation from standard artillery rocket systems, such as IMI’s autonomous rocket launchers, carrying two missiles each. The missile can also be used to accurately engage surface vessels at sea, with precision and ranges exceeding all current coastal defenses.
Delilah-GL has a maximum range of 150 km using autonomous navigation and guidance. With a modular design that provides high operational flexibility, including loitering and re-attack with man-in-the-loop control capability, Delilah provides a cost effective weapon capable of engaging maneuvering and relocated targets at high precision, ensuring target engagement and destruction with pinpoint accuracy during day, night and adverse weather.
The missile uses an Electro-Optical (EO) target seeker, transferring the target image back to the controller via and data-link for final, visual verification prior to the final attack. At this phase, the controller can confirm the target and pursue with the attack or abort and order the Delilah to loiter, re-attack or seek another target. Continuous image transmission until impact enables the controller to assess the precision and effects of the attack for Battle Damage Assessment (BDA).