Most tactical ballistic missiles have a maximum range of 300 kilometers, making them short-range. Some of these missiles, like the Russian Iskander, can even carry nuclear warheads in addition to their conventional ones. They are more difficult to intercept than traditional air defense systems because of their increased agility.
According to The Jerusalem Post, Rafael’s upgraded SPYDER air defense system has excellent Counter-TBM (tactical ballistic missiles) capability. When describing SPYDER, Rafael remarked, “Now, SPYDER offers a more formidable defense against some of the most advanced threats in the aviation environment.”
There has been a lot of investigation between Rafael and its clients preceding the announcement. It featured a look at what has been learned from conflicts in which TBMs have played a significant role, both recently and in the present.
To strike targets within Ukraine without being intercepted, Russia has deployed many of its Iskander short-range ballistic missiles, for example.
This is why Washington greenlit a PAC-3 Patriot system shipment to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. There have been rumors that Russia is negotiating with its partner Iran to purchase the Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar ballistic missiles. Advanced air defense systems may struggle to intercept a tactical ballistic missile.
According to sources, both the UAE, which purchased an earlier version of SPYDER in September, and Israel is vulnerable to ballistic missile threats. This threat is compounded for both nations in the region by Iran’s unrelenting pursuit of missile and drone technology.
The United Arab Emirates isn’t the first country to purchase the SPYDER Air Defense system; the Philippines, the Czech Republic, India, and maybe others have all purchased older models. There are 18 SPYDER-MRs in India’s arsenal, in addition to 750 Python-5 surface-to-air missiles and the same number of Derby Surface-to-Air Missiles.
Ukraine has been asking Israel to send SPYDER and Iron Dome air defense systems to equip its armed forces in preparation for any Russian missile assaults.
Due to its security negotiations with Russia in Syria, Israel has refrained from announcing any military assistance to Kyiv. In response to demands from the United States to send military aid to Ukraine, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen recently reassured his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that Tel Aviv’s attitude has not changed.
Israel remains embroiled in an ongoing armed battle with militias supported by Iran and other non-state organizations.
Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of sophisticated missiles and rockets, which Israel would be forced to fight in the event of a third Lebanon conflict, as predicted by some reports. Israel’s enhanced air defense would be useful in this context.
What Do We Know About the Redesigned SPYDER defense?
Surface to Air Python and Derby, sometimes known as SPYDER, is an indigenous Israeli air defense system with a short range. It can simultaneously engage several targets and fire in single, multiple, and ripple patterns. It has all-weather capabilities and the potential to function both during the day and at night.
The usual layout of the SPYDER unit consists of four mobile fire units and a mobile command and control unit (CCU). The launchers and CCU are linked by a data link that combines information from the surveillance radar with upper-tier CCUs within a 100-kilometer range.
The Python 5 and Derby are two distinct types of air-to-air interceptor missiles that SPYDER systems can launch.
Rafael responded, “the new capability involves the Derby LR missile interceptor, which received both hardware and software improvements in response to customer requests and operational events.”
The company stated that it was essential to incorporate ballistic missile defense in SPYDER and that it would be a toolbox option for SPYDER. This capability will be supplied as a reasonably priced option to customers with urgent operating demands inside the SPYDER paradigm of a customized solution.
In addition, “the system provides effective protection for valuable assets and first-rate defense for forces in the fighting zone.” SPYDER’s open architecture enables for the simple integration and flexible combination of external components, allowing for configurations with varying ranges and capabilities based on client demands and priorities.”
Rafael has stated that SPYDER is the only air defense system incorporated into the NATO air defense system. SPYDER already delivers a quick-response, low-level surface-to-air missile system, according to the business.
This autonomous, low-level, rapid-response technology is used to defend forces on the battlefield against airborne attacks by helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, precision-guided missiles, and other aircraft.
Due to its open architecture, it enables the quick and easy integration of external components based on user requirements. SPYDER can detect threats while in motion and launch a 360-degree strike in seconds.
Now, with the upgrade to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, the system will strengthen the air defense capabilities of its users against pervasive danger.