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Gabriel III

The Israeli Gabriel III/AS is an advanced offshoot of the original Gabriel ship-to-ship missile system. The original Gabriel was a small, canister fired sea skimmer, designed to attack enemy vessels at wavetop level, making its approach extremely hard to detect. This newer, air-launched version is larger, with a range of 37 miles, and carries a high-explosive warhead weighing 331 lbs. The guidance system of the Gabriel III/AS enables it to fly so low that it must be pre-set according to the current size of the waves.

Specifications

Contractor Israeli Aircraft Industries
Entered Service 1982
Modifications Solid propellant rocket motor
Liquid fuel turbojet motor
Total length 3.9 m
Diameter 0.34 m
Wingspan 1.1 m
Weight 600 kg
Warhead contact-, graze- and deceleration-fuzed high-explosive, 150 kg
Propulsion single stage solid propellant rocket motor or liquid fuel turbojet
Maximum Speed840 km/h
Maximum effective range Ceiling: 9100 m
Maximum range (rocket motor): 40 km
Maximum range (turbojet motor): 60 km
Guidance mode I-band active radar
Single-shot hit probability

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