Israel develops own cruise missile: report

Israel has developed a short-range surface-to-surface cruise missile capable of reaching all of its neighbours, according to a report.

Israel has developed a short-range surface-to-surface cruise missile capable of reaching all of its neighbours, according to a report.

The development of the Delilah-GL (ground launch), with a range of at least 250 kilometres, ends Israel's decade-long quest for such a missile, according to London-based Jane's Defence Weekly.

The U.S. has twice turned down Israeli requests to buy American Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles, reports the specialist magazine in its online edition.

The Delilah-GL comes equipped with a 30-kilogram conventional explosive warhead. But it's capable of carrying various payloads including infrared target seeking and guidance devices.

Israeli defence officials told Jane's the missile – an adaptation of the long-range air-launched Delilah missile – could reach "well beyond 300 kilometers."

That means the Delilah-GL could reach the capitals of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, but barely reach significant targets in Egypt. The missile could not reach targets in Iran.

It's guided by a global positioning system and can hover in an area before confirming its target through real-time visual intelligence transmitted back to the operator, Jane's reports.

Israel, which is thought to have nuclear weapons though it has never officially confirmed this, already has a long-range surface-to-surface missile, called the Jericho II.

That missile is estimated to have a range of at least 1,500 kilometres and is believed to be capable of delivering payloads weighing up to 1,000 kilograms.