The German Army completed a firing campaign with the Spike long-range (LR) missile, designated by the Bundeswehr as the Mehrrollenfähige Leichte Lenkflugkörpersystem (Multirole-capable Light Anti-tank Missile System: MELLS), Rafael announced in a 3 June press release.
During the campaign, 54 missiles were fired from the Spike Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU), which includes a new digital user interface. It included firing missiles beyond line of sight at targets hidden behind cover, targeting in mid-flight, in total darkness in infrared mode, and in day mode under adverse weather conditions in heavy rain and strong winds, Rafael reported. All 54 missiles hit their targets, the company added.
The Bundeswehr said on its website in February 2018 that 15 German soldiers and sailors were trained on the new ICLU, which gives operators and squad leaders a common picture of the missile’s flight path. The five-day course for instructors with extensive MELLS experience at the German Army’s Infantry Training Centre in Hammelburg was taught by “an Israeli arms company”, presumably Rafael.
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