Rafael Unveils Sixth Generation SKY SPEAR – Long Range Air-to-Air Missile at Paris Air Show 2023

By Arie Egozi

Defence Industry

Tel Aviv: Rafael has unveiled a new member of its combat proven air – air missiles family – the SKYSPEAR. According to the company, the newest member of the long-range air – air missile provides users with unparalleled operational capabilities in the complex arena of aerial combat.


Unveiling the 6th generation long range, Air-to-Air missile SKY SPEAR at the Paris Air Show, Rafael showcased its long legacy in the development of world leading aerial systems and technologies.

The company says that with the advent of long-range air to air missiles, the challenges faced by aerial forces have increased exponentially over time. The engagement range has extended longer, and the time gap between launch and end game has created a significant zone of uncertainty. Therefore, the need to maintain a clear and accurate aerial picture is even more crucial.

Rafael has taken up the challenge by developing the SKY SPEAR a new long-range Air to Air missile that embodies a new breed of RF seeker and additional technologies to handle the abovementioned challenges.

The SKYSPEAR missile is designed to engage targets at Long Ranges, ensuring that the opponents are overwhelmed before they have a chance to launch. Its new RF seeker technology allows for early lock on, a more accurate end game and substantial leap in EW immunity.

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Brig Gen (Res) Pini Yungman Executive Vice President, Head of Air and Missile Defence Directorate said that the SKY SPEAR is a 6th generation missile that will provide the advanced capabilities that will provide users a qualitative edge over its most capable adversaries.

“The development of the SKY SPEAR provides a glimpse into the legacy of Rafael in the aerial domain. The first air-to-air missile by Rafael was developed in 1959 and 5 generations later we have maintained our technological edge in providing unique and timely solutions for our partners. From the PYTHON and DERBY which provide not only armaments for fighter crafts, but also as the main components of our SPYDER air defence system and now to the 6th generation long range SKY SPEAR; Rafael is confident that this newest missile will provide the advanced capabilities that will provide users a qualitative edge over its most capable adversaries,” he said.