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Israeli Ministry of Defense has announced the acquisition of Rafael’s Fire Weaver networked sensor-to-shooter system. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) will use it as a complementary solution to their Battle Management System (BMS).

Fire Weaver’s Shooter Display (Screenshot: Rafael)

Fire Weaver provides tactical forces with a GPS-independent geo-pixel-based tactical common language among all the sensors and shooters. Targets, blue forces, sensitive locations and other points of interest are shared immediately, accurately and are augmented on the system sights. This enables fighters to perceive the precise location of enemies from any vantage point and any distance regardless of their own position.

In addition, Fire Weaver utilizes Rafael’s advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, processes the battle data, analyzes it, and prioritizes fire allocation. Fire Weaver calculates the optimal shooter for each target, based on parameters such as location, line-of-sight, effectiveness, current ammo status etc., while minimizing collateral damage and fratricide, taking into consideration the rules of engagement in real time.

Fire Weaver’s Fire Management Terminal (Screenshot: Rafael)

The system includes a Fire Management Terminal application, which provides the commander with a full control of the entire process, including cases of multiple sensor-to-shooter loops in parallel.

“Fire Weaver is a main milestone in the IDF’s battlefield digitization effort”, said Lieutenant Colonel R., Project Leader at the MoD’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development. “The innovative system essentially creates an operational internet and brings to the battlefield the same innovation that the internet brought to the civilian world, the smart home and the smart cities. Fire Weaver enables operational connectivity between Joint forces and simplifies integration processes between naval, air and ground forces.”

Dorothee Frank