LORA long-range weapon system knocks out enemy forces in Nagorno-Karabakh

By Arie Egozi

An Israeli high-ranking delegation visited Azerbaijan last week and came back with a long list of Israeli weapon systems that Baku wants as soon as possible.


The visit, while the tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia resulted in a new round of fighting, is another proof that the defence ties between Israel and Azerbaijan have been enhanced to a new peak.

After beginning what it refers to as “anti-terror” operations, Azerbaijan has announced that its military actions in Nagorno-Karabakh are continuing.



The Azerbaijani defence ministry announced in a statement on Wednesday morning that military hardware used by the Armenian armed forces, including artillery and anti-aircraft missile batteries, had been “neutralized.”

Sources said that in the current round of fighting, the Azeris launched a “large” number of the Israeli-made LORA long-range ground-to-ground missile. Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), LORA is a sea-to-ground and ground-to-ground system which comprises a long-range ballistic missile, a unique launcher, a command and control system, and a ground/marine support system.

The LORA system provides ballistic assault capabilities for multiple ranges with a precision level of 10 meters CEP. The max range is 430 km. The LORA is 5.2 meters long and has a diameter of 60 cm. It is armed with different types of warheads with an average weight of 450 kgs.

The LORA enables the attack of targets at sea and on the ground. The installation of the launcher on a navy vessel, according to IAI, is simple.



As recently reported by Defence Industry Europe, IAI is working on the development of new versions that will be capable of hitting targets in ranges greater than that of the LORA and shorter. The sources added that all the new versions are designed like the LORA to enable launch from the ground and navy ships.

The navigation systems (GPS/INS) of the new versions will be more immune to EW interferences and will be armed with a greater variety of warheads.



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