The Singaporean company was showing an animated video of the Blue Spear anti-ship missile during the exhibition, as well as showcasing scale models of the missile system with various launching platform options.
According to ST Engineering, the Blue Spear missile system is an advanced precision weapon that can be used in all weather conditions, day and night, and provides strike power beyond the line of sight against mobile and stationary targets at sea. The missile’s maximum range is 290 km. The Blue Spear missiles share a common heritage with IAI’s Gabriel missile family, developed over many years.
The Blue Spear system allows launch from multiple land-based platforms and flies at high subsonic speeds. The warhead features an active radar seeker, accurate INS-based navigation capabilities, and a robust system immune to GPS interference and maximum accuracy target acquisition. The systems are equipped with a variety of deception tools to accomplish their mission and meet the various challenges on the battlefield.
Key Features from company brochure:
- Range (Over the Horizon Engagement) : 290 km
- Fire & Forget and Fire Update – Fully automated mission planning and execution
- Datalink: Advanced Datalink
- Seeker: State-of-art Radar Seeker
- Payload: 150 kg high explosive intensive munition warhead
- Littoral and In-land strike: Capable of attacking targets near-shore in the littoral areas and in-land
In addition to the Israeli Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy (which are likely the launch customers), Blue Spear has already been selected by two Baltic countries:
- Finland selected the Gabriel V (which can be considered the “parent design” of Blue Spear) for the Pojhanmaa-class corvette
- Estonia for land based coastal batteries
IAI and Thales were also promoting a variation of this missile (known as Sea Serpent) to the Royal Navy.