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Delilah PALM


“The arrival of a target of opportunity is usually preceded by a cordoning-off of an area, making it impossible for spies to infiltrate followed by a blanket of bodyguards and layer upon layer of LTTE units impenetrable by a small LRRP team. Tigers also confuse Military Intelligence by scrambling the venues and last minute changes to the routes taken by its leaders. Tiger leaders travel disguised and are highly mobile making it difficult for bombers to target them.”
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(July 07, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Israeli Military Industries may have an answer to the limitations faced by the Sri Lanka Airforce and the Army in decapitating the LTTE leadership. The solution is in a IMI's version of the Tomahawk Missile called Delilah Precision Attack Loitering Missile.

Decapitation strikes are currently designed around the capacity and or limitations of our strike capability, which is capable but limited to the range of LRRP units and MI spies. As seen in recent LTTE communications, the Tamil Tiger Leaders do still engage in limited functions, specially military funerals. Not a single leader has been hit in recent times before or after attending an event like this.

The arrival of a target of opportunity is usually preceded by a cordoning-off of an area, making it impossible for spies to infiltrate followed by a blanket of bodyguards and layer upon layer of LTTE units impenetrable by a small LRRP team. Tigers also confuse Military Intelligence by scrambling the venues and last minute changes to the routes taken by its leaders. Tiger leaders travel disguised and are highly mobile making it difficult for bombers to target them.

The IMI's Delilah missile, first introduced in 2004 has a loitering capability like a suicide bomber and a remotely controlled engage-disengage function plus an on-board CCTV camera that directs the weapon to the target through a real-time video feed thus maximizing target efficiency and avoiding collateral damage.

Once fired from the ground, air or ship, the missile can home in on the GPS coordinates provided initially by HUMINT but if the target is not at the location, it can change course or completely disengage. If the target is not available when it reaches the location, the missile can literally wait for it to arrive while quietly hovering over the location.

The 30kgs of explosives on board and the agility of the missile is enough to take out even a fast moving VIP security detail, Zlin-143, floating weapons warehouse or any other movable or immovable object. The weapon can be fired from any standard rocket launcher system.

Delilah PALM, manufactured after 10 years of research and development by Israel has a range of 150kms and was recently ordered by the Chinese for their Military. It should be available to any friendly government of Israel for a price.

(Sources: DefenceWire)

- Sri Lanka Guardian

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