Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a new compact hand-launched loitering missile or an attack drone, dubbed the ‘Point Blank’, that can land back in a soldier’s hand without detonating. The missile is hand-launched, operated by a single soldier, and can take off from and land vertically back on the soldier’s hand. The Point Blank is a small electro-optic guided missile that fits within a soldier’s bag pack and weighs about 15 pounds. It can travel at top speeds of roughly 178 mph for up to 18 minutes while flying at altitudes over 1,500 feet. It has been designed with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. The munition has a Circular Error Probability which calculates the average distance between the target and the end of the munition’s flight path using a circle’s radius of less than one meter. It also has a hybrid electro-optical (EO) and GPS guidance system that enables the munition to verify and collect surveillance information in real-time. The US Department of Defense (DoD) has given IAI a multimillion-dollar contract to quickly develop and deliver a variant of the Point Blank system.
Today: November 30, 2023