Infantry Weapons

German Army finalises Spike qualification on Puma IFV

08 March 2018

The German Army has successfully completed qualification of the in-service Spike LR anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The final qualification trials of Spike LR on Puma were undertaken by the German Army and Rheinmetall at the company’s Unterlüss facility in northern Germany during early January. The trials included the live firing of several Spike LR missiles out to ranges between 2,000 m and 4,000 m in the fire-and-forget and fire-and-observe modes.

Informed sources told Jane’s that testing also included a Puma IFV driving hundreds of kilometres with live missile rounds inside the launcher to ensure vibration and shock-level compliance and to test human-machine interfaces.

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