Launched onto the international marketplace in mid-2017, Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled a previously unknown capability of the new Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).
While the Spike LR2 was explained upon its debut as being available with two separate missiles with different warheads – a tandem high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead suited to destroying main battle tanks and heavy armour and a new multipurpose blast warhead for defeating reinforced concrete fortifications – the company has revealed that the HEAT warhead also has a secondary ‘anti-structure’ capability.
Designed into the warhead from inception, the ability of the HEAT missile to overcome basic structures was intended to meet customer demands for a dual-mode ATGM.
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