New Israeli GPS 18-rocket system becomes operational

 

The Israel developed GPS-guided Romach rocket system can launch 18 rockets within a minute, and has a reported range of 35 kilometers with an accuracy of within 10 meters of its target.

By Israel Hayom Staff

 

One year after commencing field testing, the Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday declared that a new guided artillery rocket called the Romach (“Spear”) is now operational.

The Roach will be used with the Artillery Corps’ M270 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems  – Photo: GOC Army Headquarters

The Artillery Corps completed integrating the new system In recent weeks, the IDF said. The GPS-guided rocket is made by Israel Military Industries.

The rocket will be used with the Artillery Corps’ M270 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems, which have already been modified so they can launch the new munition.

The Romach has a reported range of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a 20-kilogram (44-pound) warhead, and is accurate to within 10 meters (33 feet) of the target.

According to one officer involved in the Romach project: “In contrast to the MLRS, with the Romach we increased the number of rockets in each launcher from 12 to 18 and all the rockets can be fired within a minute.”

In January, Eli Reiter, head of IMI’s Rocket Systems Division, told IHS Jane’s 360 that the Romach, which can be launched at pre-programmed coordinates within seconds of an order being given, would provide the IDF with the ability to rapidly and accurately strike enemy targets.

“If a sector experiences a security escalation, this firepower can be called upon more rapidly compared with scrambling combat helicopters and they are more accurate than artillery cannons,” Reiter told Jane’s.

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