Israel Unveils Long Range Air-to-Ground Missile 'Wind Demon'

Israel Unveils Long Range Air-to-Ground Missile ‘Wind Demon’

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a new generation of air-to-surface cruise missile, the ‘Wind Demon,’ combining cutting-edge capabilities based on years of experience in missile and loitering munition development. The Wind Demon offers a pragmatic response to the evolving nature of warfare, where affordable mass production can deliver lethal and precise strike capabilities.

Operational Capabilities

The Wind Demon offers a novel and compelling capability based on a unique, modularized approach characterized by affordability, adaptability, and advanced capabilities to operate across warfare domains.

Fired from an airborne platform, such as a helicopter or patrol aircraft, the Wind Demon follows a predetermined mission plan to engage moving or stationary targets at ranges exceeding 200 kilometers.

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Platforms equipped with the Wind Demon wield advanced standoff capabilities, enabling them to approach enemy targets from a safe distance, launch the missile, and disengage.

Connectivity Features

Equipped with advanced day and night electro-optic and laser homing seekers, the Wind Demon delivers precise target detection, discrimination, and classification with pinpoint accuracy for day and night operations. Its warhead, exceeding 20 kilograms, is adaptable for blast, fragmentation, and penetration effects.

The Wind Demon maintains a very low flight profile, enhancing its survivability by avoiding detection and disruption, combined with its immune navigation suite. Enhanced connectivity features enable real-time video transmission, person-in-the-loop control, and low-altitude hold throughout the mission.

Affordability and Market Demand

“We see a growing market demand for effective and affordable systems that will allow attacks in mass,” said Guy Barlev, EVP and General Manager of the Systems Missiles & Space Group at IAI. “Wind Demon was designed to meet this market requirement. It offers significant capabilities at an affordable price point that allows customers to buy the systems in large quantities.”

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