Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has demonstrated a live-fire targeted launch of the Spike weapon system from an Oshkosh-supplied 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
The demonstration firing, conducted during the 16th Spike Users Club Meeting (SUCM) in Slovenia from 4-6 June, was the first time that a Spike capability has been fired from the JLTV platform.
The SUCM is an annual event jointly organised by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency and a different host user-country; the SUCM community comprises 31 countries, 18 of which are European Union and NATO members.
During the demonstration, a Spike long range (LR) - fired from a Spike vehicle-mounted missile launcher integrated with a Rafael Samson Mini MLS dual-axis gyro-stabilised remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) mounted on a JLTV - engaged a static representative main battle-tank target at a range of 2.3 km at the Slovenian army's firing range in Postojna, southwestern Slovenia. During the SUCM, members of the Slovenian Armed Forces also fired a tripod-mounted Spike LR from an enclosed space using imaging infrared (IIR) guidance.
Spike LR is a medium-range (4 km) fire-and-forget/fire-observe-and-update, guided multipurpose missile. Weighing 13.7 kg and measuring 1.2 m in length, Spike LR is furnished with a gimballed dual-channel (IIR/charged coupled device) electro-optic guidance assembly, which includes a fibre-optic datalink, a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT)/multipurpose blast fragmentation warhead, and a solid propellent rocket motor. The LR variant can be manportable tripod-launched, or integrated with light vehicles, armoured vehicles, helicopters, and naval platforms. Furthermore, any platform already integrated with the LR is also automatically provisioned for the latest Spike LR2 variant.
Video of the first launch of a Spike LR anti-tank guided missile from an Oshkosh 4x4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle at a representative main battle tank target during the 16th Spike Users Club Meeting in Slovenia from 4-6 June is available to view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p85IjeEOZqw
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