IDEX: Israeli-made loitering munitions, simulators draw interest

Several countries in the Middle East are showing keen interest in Israel’s Uvision-made Hero series of loitering munitions and its newly launched training and simulation systems, a senior company official informed. writes Jay Menon

Uvision chose IDEX2021 to launch two two advanced Simulator Configurations. “The newly inducted simulators complement the existing classroom simulator training system by enabling the operator to train during deployments,” Jim Truxel, chief executive officer of Uvision US, said in an interview.

“And, we are getting significant attention from local militaries for the systems and the simulators. They are evaluating the systems and their applications into their services,” he said.

The Hero training and simulation system provide an advanced loitering weapon and payload simulation in a virtual realistic environment. With the two new configurations, UVision presents a comprehensive solution for Hero operators allowing a higher level of training flexibility. The class room configuration provides a robust simulation solution with a rich and versatile scenario generator for multiple trainees. The portable & embedded field simulator configurations allow Hero operators continuous hands-on training (at various levels) during deployments; hence maintaining the highest level of operational proficiency and readiness – anytime, anywhere.

The Hero series of loitering munitions consists of eight loitering munition systems, designed for different missions at various ranges using various types of payloads. The Hero systems are the fastest sensor-to-shooter loitering munitions, allowing forces in the front-line to independently locate time sensitive targets, and track and attack with pin-point precision. Each munition can handle different missions ranging from lightweight static or moving targets (such as light-duty vehicles and human targets) to larger fortified or heavily armoured targets such as MBT (Main Battle Tank), enemy air defences and other strategic objectives.

The Hero series unique design enables the munitions to carry out pinpoint strikes in urban areas or remote locations, with minimal collateral damage. In cases where an attack is aborted, the systems can be recalled and another target selected. With extremely low noise and thermal signature, these systems integrate highly advanced, stabilised electro-optic day/night cameras, and are ideal for deployment from air, land and naval platforms.

Separately, Major General (Ret.) Avi Mizrachi, the chief executive of UVision, said: “the Hero simulators increase the effectiveness of our systems while reducing the operating costs. All of the Hero loitering munition systems meet a wide range of air, naval and ground forces requirements, thus ensuring combat superiority as well as survivability for even the most complex missions. Our latest field deployed simulator further enhances the reach-out of our systems and strengthens the proficiency and combat worthiness of the operators.”