Israeli defense company, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has completed a series of tests on the SPIKE SR precision guided missile earlier this month.
During the tests conducted in the Negev Desert in southern Israel, operators successfully hit targets located 2,000 meters away, demonstrating great standoff range for enhanced survivability, lethality, and impressive armor penetration capability. This range is previously only reached by heavier anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).
SPIKE SR (Short Range) is a 3rd generation short-range man-portable electro-optical fire & forget guided missile designed for shoulder-launch by infantry or Special Forces. Weighing only 10kg, it is the smallest, lightest variant of the SPIKE missile family.
Specifically designed for maneuvering forces as a portable, fully disposable munition, SPIKE SR has a powerful High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead, with a frontal precursor for clearing Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) tiles.
The missile’s state of the art seeker technology (day/night), including uncooled IIR, high-resolution CCD as well as an optimized tracker is tailored to the needs of infantry forces in a variety of operational and environmental scenarios. A particular advantage of the SPIKE SR is its low weight combined with the short time interval from power on to operational readiness (less than 30 secs), perfect for targets with a small engagement window.
“We are very proud of this small missile, which proved to be as lethal as other large caliber missiles, with great agility for the warfighter due to its lightweight, as well as its ability to act rapidly within six seconds from cold start, engaging fast-moving targets, highly-demanded capabilities in today’s warfare”, sai Gal Papier, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Rafael’s Precision Tactical Weapon Systems Directorate.
According to a Jerusalem Post report, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) purchased thousands of specially customized Spike SR rocket launchers for its infantry forces in 2018, with a reduced weight of 40% to provide greater flexibility to troops in the field during land maneuvers.
The SPIKE family is now operational with 34 nations, including NATO members, with more than 33,000 rounds produced and supplied and as many as 45 different platforms integrated, including attack helicopters, ground vehicles, naval vessels and more.