The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has ordered more than 1000 Spike LR II electro-optical, precision-guided missiles from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the company announced Oct. 24.
“This substantial production order… for the IDF will kick-start the Spike LR2 missile production earlier than expected”, the statement added
The Spike LR II is the 5th generation variant of the SPIKE Family of missiles that can be fired from vehicles, helicopters, ships, and ground launchers. The new missile was unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June this year.
It is an advanced multipurpose missile, weighing only 12.7 kg, that can be launched from any SPIKE Launcher.
The missile has two warhead configurations: a Tandem HEAT (High explosive anti-tank) warhead configuration, enhancing armor penetration capability by more than 30%, and a new multipurpose blast warhead, which includes controlled fusing.
Spike LR II has a range of 5.5 km when fired from ground launchers (an increase of more than 35% above the 4 km range of the original Spike LR) and up to 10 km when fired from a helicopter (using alternative option of RF Data link).
The Spike LR II has a modern electro-optical (E/O) seeker which includes a high quality un-cooled IR sensor and an advanced high definition color day sensor. The new seeker includes capabilities of a smart target tracker with AI (Artificial Intelligence) features.
Spike LR II was designed against new modern targets with low signature, time-sensitive characteristics. To counter this Spike LR II includes an embedded IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) for missions of third party-target allocation, allowing the firing of the missile to grid target coordinates, including advanced armor and protection systems.
The Spike LR II is one of the few missiles in the world with an inherent counter-active protection system (CAPS) capability.
Rafael has supplied over 27,000 Spike Missiles and systems to over 26 countries.
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems