The Israeli military is struggling to keep up with the rapid advances in electronic products that have made electronic weapons so deadly.
In 2016, Israel’s Air Force lost its most advanced electronic weapons, the E-4B Blackjack, which was able to hit targets at altitudes up to 1,000 meters.
The loss of the Blackjack was followed by a year later by the loss of an upgraded version of the same weapon, the Kornet II, which could penetrate the hull of a battleship at 1,500 meters.
Now, the Israeli Air Force is in need of a better electronic weapon.
The Israeli Air Forces (IAF) has begun to manufacture a new electronic weapon that could penetrate ships at an altitude of up to 5,000 feet.
In a statement to the Jerusalem Post, the IDF’s Chief of Staff Gen. Benny Gantz said, “We are not only losing these weapons, but also losing our capabilities to defend ourselves against them.”
The IAF’s chief of operations, Brig. Gen. Roni Sheppard, said the new weapon would be tested in a few weeks.
“This new weapon will be tested under realistic conditions at sea and on land.
It will be developed in a highly controlled environment, in accordance with the IDF operational requirements, and it will be used in accordance to the IAF procedures and laws,” Sheppard said.
But, as we reported on March 2, 2016, a report by the Center for Defense Information revealed that Israel has developed a stealth-guided electronic weapon called the KOR-2000.
It can be fired from a submarine or an aircraft, but it is not able to penetrate an airship’s hull.
The KOR is not the only new weapon that the IDF has developed since the 2016 Blackjack loss.
On May 26, 2016 the IDF began testing the TELAR-B electronic weapon, a variant of the KORNET that can be launched from a rocket.
According to the IDF, the TLEB-B can penetrate ships as high as 1,600 meters.
This is not all that the Israeli military has developed.
The IDF also developed an infrared anti-ship missile called the EPRS, or E-PRS-2.
The EPRs are not the first Israeli anti-ships missile.
Israel has also developed the BOM-1 anti-submarine missile, also known as the Sea Shark.
But while the IAAF is looking for a better digital weapon, its military has also begun to use the latest versions of its own technology.
On April 18, 2016 a group of soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) tested a new version of a weapon called BETH-E, which can target unmanned aerial vehicles, drones and satellites.
According to the Israeli Army’s Chief Information Officer, Maj. Gen.-Gen. (res.)
Ofer Rabinovitch, “The BETH system is able to fire at a range of up from 50 to 200 meters, with a maximum of 200 meters at a maximum effective range of 3,000 m.
The BETH is capable of shooting a guided round to destroy targets at a distance of up of 20 meters.”
The Beth-E system can be armed with the same guided round as the BlackJack.
However, Rabinoveis statement indicates that the BETH has different capabilities, including firing multiple rounds at the same target.
According a Defense Ministry spokesperson, the IAIF is developing a new “non-radar anti-shooting weapon” called BOB-1, which will be launched using a missile and an advanced radar system.
The IAIf is also working on a new missile called BOM.
The new weapon is said to have a range between 3,500 and 5,500 kilometers, which is at least as good as the Beth, according to Rabinovich.
According the spokesperson, BOB is a multi-purpose, guided weapon, capable of striking targets from the air and the sea.
It is also unclear whether the IAAF is planning to build a new digital electronic weapon to compete with the BOB.