Poland’s Air Force Institute of Technology unveils new cruise missile

Poland's Air Force Institute of Technology unveils new cruise missile

Poland’s Air Force Institute of Technology (Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lotniczych – ITWL) unveiled a new surface-to-surface cruise missile called “Pirania”. The missile is designed to target fixed and mobile objects at a long range.

The 200mm caliber turbojet-powered missile has an effective range of 300km. The airframe is 80cm in diameter, 220cm in length, has a weight of approximately 80kg, and a velocity of around 500km/h. Operational altitude is known to be between 20m and 3,000m.

Pirania features two mid-body fixed stub wings and a four-fin tail assembly. ITWL says that the Pirania is launched with a rocket-assisted take-off from a multi-tube launcher by means of a booster engine, with the main turbojet sustainer engine delivering the mid-course and terminal flight phases.

Navigation and guidance is delivered through GPS, and a 5kg synthetic aperture radar payload paired with a Moving Target Indicator.

Pirania is currently in the final development and testing phase, with an initial operation planned for 2017.

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