The IDF’s latest rocket is capable of launching a payload of up to 4,000 kilograms (8,600 pounds), capable of carrying up to 6,000 metric tons (19,300 tons) of payloads.
This means that a rocket launcher could carry up to 200 metric tons of payload, enough to bring the Israeli military up to 1,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) away from its main base in the West Bank.
In a statement, the IDF said the new launcher could launch a “new generation of heavy-lift rockets capable of delivering payloads of up a hundred metric tons, with payloads carrying a payload weighing up to 10,000 kg.”
Israel could also launch rockets carrying payloads weighing over 1,500 metric tons to support air raids in Gaza and other parts of the West, the statement said.
Israel launched the Ariane 5 rocket in late 2016, carrying an initial satellite for the first time.
It’s expected that this launcher will eventually be upgraded to carry heavier payloads, such as a large satellite, as well as rockets for a wide range of missions.
In December 2017, Israel launched an Ariane 6 rocket with an additional stage for launching a satellite into orbit.
In 2017, the Israel Defense Forces launched the Lavi, which is capable in orbit of carrying a larger payload of 4,500 kilograms.
It is unclear how much heavier the rocket will be.
According to a 2015 report by the Israeli Defense Forces, the Ariana rocket carried up to 300 metric tons.
The IDF’s rocket launcher, known as “Avion,” was launched in late 2015, and is used to launch medium-range rockets to protect Israel from rockets launched from Gaza.