US AROC approves Spike NLOS acquisition

The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Rafael Advanced Defence System Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with a stand-off ASM capability for multi-domain operations (MDO).

Spike NLOS is a multipurpose, multi-platform precision guided missile system equipped with a dual-mode electro-optical/infrared (EO/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.

An IDF AH-64D Apache combat helicopter with Spike NLOS mounted on a generic Spike launcher on the outer wing stub (pictured right). The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Spike NLOS missiles to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters.

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