FIREFLY

FIREFLY tactical weapon system is a revolutionary, innovative miniature electro-optical tactical loitering munition designed for light maneuvering ground forces such as Infantry, Marines or Special Forces.
 

FIREFLY was designed for the dismounted soldier fighting within the urban arena where situation awareness is limited, the enemy is behind cover, and precision is critical. The impact of FIREFLY on the Infantry is revolutionary, fundamentally changing small Infantry tactics.
 

FIREFLY – also known as SPIKE-FIREFLY – is a new variant of Rafael’s SPIKE Family Precision Guided Missiles. As such, FIREFLY features a dual seeker, target tracker, homing algorithms, computer vision, Safe & Arm fusing mechanisms, and HMI (Human-Machine Interface). These features served as a basis for the development of FIREFLY and the tailoring of the weapon system to its unique mission profile of urban combat.
 

FIREFLY weighs only 3kg, is rapidly deployed, and enables the attack of Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) targets commonly found in urban combat. FIREFLY will essentially eliminate the value of cover and with it, the necessity of long-drawn-out firefights. It will also make obsolete the old infantry tactic of firing and maneuvering to eliminate an enemy hiding behind cover.

Proposed Technical Approach:

  • Loitering, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL),  precision-guided missile – 1 lb payload 

  • Day / Night EO seeker based on the legacy of SPIKE family of tactical missiles

  • Unique innovative tracker based on image processing

  • Dual directional data link for urban and open terrain

  • Substantial improvement to the lethality and survivability of the Soldier

  • TRL=9 at early stage of this prospect project

Capabilities:

  • Single-user operation

  • Stationary and moving targets with or without line- of-sight to operator, hovering capability

  • Full, safe retrieve capability to operator up to attack command

  • Tracker design for agile targets

  • Loitering munition or reconnaissance mean with greater loitering time

  • Perch mode – up to 2 hours

  • A FIREFLY and Control Unit weigh 11Lb

    • System includes 3 FIREFLIES – 33Lb 

 

For additional specifications and information, view the FIREFLY Brochure

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