Israeli’s missile specialist company Rafale has introduced Sea Breaker, a 5th Generation, Maritime & Land-based Long-Range Attack Weapon System. Rafale Sea Breaker is a high subsonic speed precision-guided missile with multi-directional, synchronized full sphere attack capability, based on predefined attack plans, according to waypoints, azimuth, impact angle, and aim point selection, with a 250 lb penetration, blast, and fragmentation warhead. This makes the missile “a single hit effective enough to neutralize a frigate-sized ship,” claimed the company in a release.
“Sea Breaker utilizes Rafael’s technological innovations such as electro-optics, computer vision, Artificial Intelligence and decision-making algorithms for full operational capability in GNSS-denied environments for maritime superiority missions,” states the press release.
Sea Breaker is capable of surgical, pinpoint precision strikes from standoff ranges of up to 300 km. It features an advanced IIR (Imaging Infra-Red) seeker, ideal for engagement of maritime and land targets, stationary or moving, in advanced Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) arenas, and in littoral or brown water, including archipelago, as well as for engagements in which previous generation RF-seeker-based missiles are not effective. Sea Breaker’s mission profile enables sea-skimming and terrain-following low-level flight above ground.
It can be launched from a fast attack missile boat, a corvette, or a frigate. The land version is a central part of the shore defense, based on Rafael’s highly mobile SPYDER launchers. The battery architecture supports standalone launchers, or operation as an integrated solution, with a command and control unit (CCU) and various sensors, based on customer requirements.
Using Artificial Intelligence, Sea Breaker performs deep-learning and big data-based scene-matching, a unique combat-proven Rafael technology, enabling Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA) and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR). The system has full operational capability in GNSS-denied arenas, in all weather conditions. The missile is ECM immune and jam-resilient.
The missile’s Datalink supports real-time man-in-the-loop decision-making and tactical updates. It also features a mid-flight abort capability and Battle Damage Assessment (BDA).