Rafael unveiled the Ice Breaker 5th generation long-range, autonomous precision-guided cruise missile.

Rafael unveiled the Ice Breaker 5th generation long-range, autonomous precision-guided cruise missile.

By Dario Leone
Jul 13 2022
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The Ice Breaker is a 5th generation long-range, autonomous precision-guided missile system, enabling significant attack performance against a variety of high-value land, and sea targets.

On Jul. 12, 2012 Rafael unveiled the Ice Breaker cruise missile.

The Ice Breaker is a 5th generation long-range, autonomous precision-guided missile system, enabling significant attack performance against a variety of high-value land, and sea targets. Ice Breaker is a multi service solution, across air, land, and sea domains.

According to Rafael, Ice Breaker is an aerial force-multiplier designed to overcome modern warfare arena challenges through RAFAEL’s legacy of high-end precision-guided solutions. Ice Breaker is resilient to electronic countermeasure and is fully operational in GNSS-denied arenas.

Ice Breaker provides surgical, pinpoint precision strike capabilities from standoff ranges up to 300 km. It features an advanced IIR (Imaging Infra-Red) seeker, ideal for stationary or moving land and maritime target engagement in advanced Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) arenas.

This unveiling comes one year since the introduction of the Sea Breaker, which serves as the naval, land-based version of the all-encompassing Ice Breaker. The Ice Breaker offers the full scope of commonality incorporating not only the land and naval platform application, but now across all domains with enhanced capabilities.

Ice Breaker is compatible with various aerial platforms including, among others, jet fighters, light aircraft, helicopters, and is fully operational across all weather conditions. The missile’s datalink supports real-time man-in-the-loop decision-making and tactical updates, with mid-flight abort and Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) capabilities. Employing RAFAEL’s unique combat proven artificial intelligence technology, Ice Breaker performs deep-learning and big data-based scene-matching, enabling Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA) and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR).

Flying at high subsonic speeds, Ice Breaker has a multi-directional, synchronized full sphere attack capability, based on predefined attack plans, according to waypoints, azimuth, impact angle and aim point selection, ensuring a high probability of mission success.

With a 250 lb. penetration, blast and fragmentation warhead Ice Breaker, is a multi service operational solution – same missile, can be operated from air, sea and ground launchers.

Ice breaker transforms light platforms (planes, helicopters and ships) into a dominating fighting machine enlarging the stand-off capability of high-end platforms.

Photo credit: Rafael


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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