THE GROUNDPOINT SYSTEM tracks enemy locations with an accuracy of 2-3 meters up to 20 km. away
THE GROUNDPOINT SYSTEM tracks enemy locations with an accuracy of 2-3 meters up to 20 km. away. (photo credit:IAI)


Israel Aerospace Industries is offering foreign buyers an advanced surface target location system, a version of which the IDF’s Combat Intelligence Collection units use around the clock on Israel’s borders.

IAI said its geo-locating targeting system, GroundPoint, tracks enemy locations up to 20 kilometers away, and transmits their precise coordinates for GPS-guided precision strikes.

The IDF’s Combat Intelligence Collection units, which carry out reconnaissance and surveillance on the borders with Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula, have been operating a version of the system called “Matan.”

Matan, like its export counterpart, acquires targets far beyond borders, and broadcasts their precise coordinates to other military units.

In the IDF, data flows from Matan through the Tamnun [Octopus] command and control system, and then on to platforms that can use the information to open fire.

Tamnun is a mobile device that is carried by a soldier in a backpack. Its introduction had led to the creation of a new combat field role.

The relatively recent technology means that tanks, artillery units or the air force can receive coordinates and fire on them very quickly.

During peacetime, Military Intelligence will analyze and store the GPS coordinates of enemy targets.

“GroundPoint has already gained field experience achieving geo-location of targets with an accuracy of 2-3 meters in a range of up to 20 km.,” IAI said.

The system went on display last month at the 2015 Annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Meeting & Exposition in Washington.

Boaz Levi, IAI corporate vice president and general manager of the Systems, Missiles and Space Group, said, “Accurate geo-location of targets can now be achieved in the field and allows armies to engage targets immediately.”

As reported by The Jerusalem Post