Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has finalised development of a new lightweight, vehicle-integrated evolution of its SPARC trailer-mounted and remote-controlled launch system for the Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) multipurpose tactical missile.
Spike NLOS is a multipurpose precision-guided missile system equipped with a dual-mode electro-optical (EO)/infrared (IR) seeker and a real-time encrypted radio frequency (RF) two-way datalink. With a stated maximum range of 30 km, the missile can be equipped with three warhead options: tandem high explosive anti-tank (HEAT), penetrating blast fragmentation (PBF), and fragmentation.
Developed in response to requests from undisclosed special forces customers, the new Spike NLOS Modular Launcher is an adaptable, palletised, stand-off launch system specifically configured for light rapid response/all-terrain-type vehicles – typically deployed as an air portable capability – by reconnaissance units and special forces.
The Lightweight Modular Spike NLOS Launcher concept was first shown at Eurosatory 2016 in Paris on a down-scaled Polaris MRZR 4-style 4x4 all-terrain vehicle with an integrated Spike NLOS missile magazine that included two Spike NLOS ready-to launch-rounds, and a clip-on magazine of two additional rounds.
Rafael has since refined the concept – shown on a TomCar 4x4 platform, but compatible with most lightweight all-terrain vehicles – as a modular system, with a baseline configuration that features a missile launch pod (MLP) of four ready-to-launch Spike NLOS missiles, an MLP of four reserve missiles, and a communications pod for the RF datalink. The MLP is mounted on a pallet – securely mounted on the host platform with just seven screws – enabling rapid and easy integration onto light vehicles.
“We have reduced the weight of the entire system from its original ‘few tons’ to just 1,350 kg – which includes eight Spike NLOS rounds,” Gal Papier, head of marketing and business development, Precision Tactical Weapons Systems at Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, told Jane’s.
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