Australia to acquire Spike LR2 missile system to meet long-range direct-fire support capability requirement

by Gabriel Dominguez

The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 5 February that the Australian Army and the wider Australian Defence Force (ADF) will acquire the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike LR2 missile system as its “Long Range Direct Fire Support Weapon capability”.

The Australian Defence Force has selected the Israeli-made Spike LR2 missile system to meet its long-range, direct-fire support capability requirement under the Land 159 Lethality System project. (Rafael Advanced Defence Systems)

The Australian Defence Force has selected the Israeli-made Spike LR2 missile system to meet its long-range, direct-fire support capability requirement under the Land 159 Lethality System project. (Rafael Advanced Defence Systems)

The DoD quoted Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr as saying that said the acquisition of the system – under the Land 159 Lethality System project – is expected to ensure that the Australian Army is equipped with “a modern and credible dismounted anti-armour guided missile system to target contemporary armoured threats”.

“The Long Range Direct Fire Support Weapon capability will enable our dismounted teams to engage armoured targets faster, at increased range, and with improved accuracy,” said Lt Gen Burr, adding that new technology and capabilities will enable the army to challenge its adversaries in complex, remote, and hostile environments. “The army must be equipped and always ready to deal with warfare at all ranges, at all times,” he said.

The Chief of Army also pointed out that “the alignment [of this weapon system] with the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle … will also enable the army to deliver improved operational effects for the ADF in sustainment, training, and maintenance”.

The Spike LR2 weapon system is being integrated with the Rheinmetall Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicle, 211 units of which are on order for the Australian Army under Project Land 400 Phase 2.

A joint venture (JV) between Australia’s Varley Group and Rafael will supply the Spike LR2 for the Boxers, most of which will be of the combat reconnaissance vehicle variant.

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/australia-to-acquire-spike-lr2-missile-system-to-meet-long-range-direct-fire-support-capability-requirement

The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 5 February that the Australian Army and the...

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