By Staff Correspondent
At the DSEI conference in London today, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduced the world to the Rotem Alpha – a pioneering anti-tank loitering munition boasting both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities. This latest technological advancement seeks to redefine the parameters of traditional warfare, positioning loitering munitions at the forefront of tactical transformations.
Designed with an advanced sensor suite and a proven anti-tank warhead, the Rotem Alpha aims to deliver unparalleled advantages to tactical squads in need of robust anti-tank solutions. Its debut at DSEI underscored its endurance, with the ability to maintain air presence for prolonged durations and hover at low altitudes, even under challenging weather conditions.
A standout feature of the Rotem Alpha is its autonomous detection mechanism that can identify and target adversarial artillery, including rocket and missile launchers. Further, its electro-optical seeker operates seamlessly during both day and night. Remarkably versatile, it can be deployed from a backpack or a vehicle, with a rapid launch readiness of under two minutes. The VTOL feature enables it to navigate complex terrains, including dense forested areas and urban environments.
IAI’s CEO, Boaz Levy, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The Rotem Alpha capitalises on IAI’s decades-long experience in loitering munitions, addressing contemporary battlefield demands. Its distinct capabilities offer a definitive strategic edge.”
IAI, recognised as the inaugural developer of this weapon category nearly four decades ago, continues to highlight how loitering munitions can reshape modern warfare paradigms.
A global titan in defence and space technologies, IAI is synonymous with cutting-edge innovation across diverse terrains, ranging from cyber and homeland security to aerospace. Its moniker as the “Start-up Nation” stems from Israel’s vibrant, innovative ecosystem coupled with the firm’s extensive operational history. “From missiles and radars to unmanned aerial vehicles and robotics, IAI has consistently delivered tailored solutions to meet the unique challenges of its global clientele,” said a senior official with the company.