Estonia Orders SPIKE LR Anti-Tank Guided Missiles

The Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a €40 million (approx. $45 million) framework agreement with Eurospike for the supply of SPIKE LR Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), in a ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia on June 20.

The initial purchase includes 18 ICLU (Integrated Control Launch Units) launchers, SPIKE rounds, and additional equipment, technical support and training. The seven-year agreement includes option of buying additional units.

The weapons will be delivered to the Estonian Defense Forces beginning in the third quarter of 2020 and will be used by infantry brigade anti-tank companies. Estonia is the 32nd user nation of the SPIKE missile, and the 19th user among the EU and NATO.

Eurospike is the European Joint Venture between Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, and Germany’s Diehl Defence and Rheinmetall Defence formed to market Rafael’s SPIKE missiles in Europe.

SPIKE is a cutting-edge precise, multi-platform, multi-mission and multi-range electro-optical missile family, with capabilities of fire-and-forget, as well as fire, observe and update, allowing attack of hidden targets. More than 30,000 SPIKE missiles have been supplied to-date around the world, with over 5500 SPIKE missiles firings, both in training and in combat.

Mr. Günter Lauer, EUROSPIKE Managing Director: “We are thankful to the Estonian army for their confidence in the SPIKE missile. This Procurement by Estonia follows recent SPIKE Missile contracts of other Baltic states, Latvia and Lithuania, and it creates common ATGM capabilities within the Baltic nations, enabling the missile to serve with interoperability, and bare potential for future cross-Baltic mutual support.”

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