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Description: The Popeye is a family of standoff air-to-surface missiles (ASM) developed by Rafael to meet the requirements of the Israeli Air Force and export customers. The Popeye family of missiles are intended to hit targets at sea and on the ground from a variety of ranges with high accuracy. The missile's navigation system relies on an inertial measurement unit (IMU) for midcourse guidance. The terminal phase of the flight is carried out using either an imaging infrared (IIR) or Television (TV) seeker when the target homing is required. The seeker has been provided as a line replaceable unit (LRU). They can be fired using the fire-and-forget principle (IIR version) or the fire-and-update mode (TV version) utilizing a built-in data-link to allow the operator to select the intended target. The Popeye can be armed with either a blast fragmentation or a penetrator warhead to take out hardened targets such as bunkers and fortifications. These missiles are powered by a single-stage solid fuel rocket motor achieving highly subsonic speed. The Popeye missile family achieved initial operational capability within the Israeli Air Force in 1985.
The Crystal Maze missile is a new development based on the Popeye air-to-surface standoff missile manufactured by Rafael. The Crystal Maze air-to-surface missile has been designed to destroy bunkers and buried fortifications from ranges of 80 km to 100 km with an impressive Circular Error Probable (CEP) below 3 meters. The airborne-launched, TV-guided missile carries an 80 kg warhead/penetrator. The Crystal Maze aircraft-launched missile was sold to India in 2005 thus that country gaining outstanding precision offensive capabilities over its closest neighbors China ad Pakistan.
Crystal Maze Specifications
CEP: 3 meter
Max Range: 100 kilometer (54 nautical mile)
Warhead: 80 kilogram (176 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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