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Luz missile

The RAFAEL Luz (or Lutz) was the first missile built in Israel. RAFAEL developed the missile using knowledge gained from the French MD-620 missile, built for the Israel Defense Forces by Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation.[1] The Luz missile should have had three versions: a surface-to-surface, air-to-ground and anti-ship versions,[2] but technical problems and budget cuts forced Rafael to produce the surface-to-surface and air-to-ground versions alone.

DevelopmentEdit

The missile, with a length of about 3.00 meters, had a range of 27 km. It was launched from a ground vehicle carrying two missiles, and guided by an operator using a joystick and an electro-optical guidance system

The anti-ship version was dropped for budgetary and technical reasons, as the electro-optical guidance system and joystick performed poorly in poor lighting conditions. Ori Even-Tov, an engineer at Rafael, had already proposed alternative solutions, but these were rejected.[3] The Anti-ship version would later become the IAI Gabriel.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Karpin, Michael (2006). The bomb in the basement. p. 127. 
  2. Carus, W. Seth (July 15, 1998). "Israeli Ballistic Missile Developments - Testimony before the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States". http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/missile/rumsfeld/pt2_carus2.htm. 
  3. Rebinovich, Abraham (December 24, 2011). "Escape from Cherbourg". Jerusalem Post. http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Article.aspx?id=164148. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 

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