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IAI Unveils WIND DEMON Long-Range Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile

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IAI Unveils WIND DEMON Long-Range Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile

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IAI Unveils WIND DEMON Long-Range Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile
IAI Unveils WIND DEMON Long-Range Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile

The world demand for long range air –ground missiles has reached new heights. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled the WIND DEMON, a new generation of long range air to surface cruise missile (ASM), combining new capabilities based on years of experience in missiles and loitering munition development. IAI’s newly developed WIND DEMON missile offers a pragmatic response to the changing nature of warfare, where affordable mass can deliver lethality. The WIND DEMON offers a novel and compelling capability based on a unique, modularized approach characterized by affordability, adaptability, and advanced capabilities to operate across warfare domains.

The WIND DEMON is fired from an airborne platform, such as a helicopter or patrol aircraft, and follows a predetermined mission plan to meet a moving or stationary target at a range exceeding 200 km. Platforms equipped with the WIND DEMON wield advanced standoff capabilities. WIND DEMON is a ‘fire-and-forget missile’ that also offers ‘man-in-the-loop’ capabilities. This combination of capabilities allows the platform to approach the enemy at low altitudes from a distance, launch the missile, and disengage.

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WIND DEMON Long-Range Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile. (Photo by Israel Aerospace Industries)
WIND DEMON Long-Range Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile. (Photo by Israel Aerospace Industries)

Guy Barlev, EVP and General Manager of the Systems Missiles & Space Group, said: “We see a growing market demand for effective and affordable systems that will allow attacks en masse. WIND DEMON was designed to meet this market requirement. It offers significant capabilities at an affordable price point that allows customers to buy the systems in large quantities.”

Equipped with advanced day and night electro-optic and laser homing seekers, WIND DEMON delivers precise target detection, discrimination, and classification with pinpoint accuracy for day and night operations. The WIND DEMON warhead, which exceeds 20 kg, is adaptable for blast, fragmentation, and penetration effects. The WIND DEMON has a very low flight profile, enhancing its survivability by avoiding detection and disruption, in combination with its immune navigation suite. Enhanced connectivity features enable real-time video transmission, person-in-the-loop control, and low altitude hold throughout the mission. Additionally, its selectable fast/slow/fast speed profile allows for high dash speed reactions and selective slow velocity approaches at points of interest.

WIND DEMON Long-Range Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile
WIND DEMON Long-Range Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile. (Photo by Israel Aerospace Industries)

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