The MBT division of Israel Aircraft Industries is developing a long-range, surface-to-surface, anti-ship missile to replace the Gabriel system aboard Israeli navy warships. The Gabriel, in service since the late 1960s, has been upgraded continuously but is near the end of its operational life.

MBT has been developing the new anti-ship missile for some time and, according to sources, it has already been tested.

Performance details of the long range over-the-horizon range system also remain classified, but sources say it will surpass most existing sea-launched missiles and has an advanced seeker. The missile has large aerodynamic surfaces that deploy after launch.

Yitzhak Nissan, general manager of the MBT division, says the missile will be able to defeat existing naval anti-missile defences.

Source: Flight International