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Rafael Unveils New Tactical Capabilities of SPYDER Air Defense System

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled new tactical capabilities of its surface-to-air Python 5 and Derby (SPYDER) air defense missile system.

According to the Israeli firm, the combat-proven system is now fitted with a counter-tactical ballistic missile capability.

The integration was reportedly inspired by recent ongoing armed conflicts involving the extensive use of tactical ballistic missiles.

The upgraded system is expected to provide improved deterrence against airborne attacks launched from helicopters, drones, and other aircraft.

It would also give better protection to friendly forces on the battlefield.

“Under the SPYDER’s tailor-made solution paradigm, this capability will be offered as a cost-effective option to our valuable customers with respective urgent operational needs,” Rafael vice president Pinhas Yungman said.

‘First-Class Defense’

The SPYDER is a low-level, quick-reaction surface-to-air missile defense system with 360-degree engagement capability.

It can be launched to neutralize targets in less than five seconds from target confirmation.

The system can hit targets at a distance of more than 15 kilometers (9 miles) and an altitude of up to 9,000 meters (29,527 feet).

According to Rafael, the SPYDER can provide effective protection of valuable assets and first-class defense for forces in combat.

It also has an open architecture, allowing the integration of more advanced components in the future.

“Its autonomous capabilities can detect threats while on the move,” the company stated. “All the SPYDER systems have multiple target engagement capabilities for handling saturation attacks.”

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