ARPYIA-400 Anti Radar Propelled air launched guided munition


ARPYIA-400 (*) is an air-launched guided munition intended for destruction of enemy air defence, land or shipborne radars. Typical targets include Early Warning and Target Acquisition radars. The weapon is based on a broadband seeker head and a guidance system fitted onto a 400 Kg Cluster Bomb. A tail mounted powerfull rocket motor ensures stand-off launch and safety of the aircraft. No modification to the aircraft is required and therefore ARPYIA-400 is a fully autonomous weapon. The seeker head and guidance section can be fitted to Aello anti-radar drone (under development) for long range-high immunity SEAD operations in high threat theatres. (*) Pronounced Harpyia or Harpiya

Warhead OMI-CB-400 with tail booster
Mass 1200 lbs / 545 Kg
Filling & Mass 250 Bomblets, 0.4 Kg ea
Length 3300 mm
Diameter 330 mm (max)
Tailspan 430 mm (min) / 1540 mm (max)
Tail Assembly OMI-ARPY-401
Seeker Assembly OMI-ARPY-404
Range (Km) > 40 Km
C.E.P < 10 m

In Greek mythology Arpyiae (singular Arpyia *), meaning predators, were flying monsters, personfications of tempest or turbulent wind. Omiros (Homer) reports one such creature by the name Podargi (rapid-footed) while Hesiodos reports three: Aello, Keleno and Okypodi. In Greek art they are often portrayed as winged-females with very sharp claws.

Arpyiae were believed to be soul snatchers and for this reason they often decorated tomb stones. They were believed to inhabit in the Strofade islands of the Aegean Sea.

Millennia later Arpyiae are mentioned by Dante Alighieri in his poem "Divina Comedia" (Canto XIII inferno) and by William Shakespeare in "The Tempest".
(*) Pronounced Harpyia or Harpiya