Rafael offers Spike NLOS launcher for Poland's Ottokar Brzoza tank destroyer programme

by Jakub Link-Lenczowski

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled the multi-missile Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) launcher for the tank destroyer being developed under Poland’s Ottokar Brzoza programme. Rafael said in a 22 June press release that it is offering joint production with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ).

Rafael’s Spike NLOS can be integrated into both wheeled and tracked platforms, including Poland’s Rosomak 8×8 armoured personnel carrier (foreground) and BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (background).  (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems )

Rafael’s Spike NLOS can be integrated into both wheeled and tracked platforms, including Poland’s Rosomak 8×8 armoured personnel carrier (foreground) and BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (background). (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems )

Rafael spokesperson Ishai David told Janes on 22 June that the launcher, supplied and assembled on different platforms worldwide, is a four-Spike NLOS missile module, including a missile control unit containing the launcher electronics, adding that a communication module (data link) and operating console is installed within the platform. ”For our Polish tank destroyer solution, we responded to the customer needs with an additional missile rack module, allowing a total of eight Spike NLOS rounds, enabling a formidable tactical footprint for one launcher to destroy eight MBTs [main battle tanks] from 32 km,” he said. ”A battery of these tank hunters can actually launch missiles simultaneously and take out a full tank battalion in minutes.”

The latest NLOS launcher is designed as an independent module that can be integrated into both wheeled and tracked platforms, including the Rosomak 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier and BWP-1 tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in service with the Polish Armed Forces. It can also be installed in one of the platforms being developed by Polish industry, such as OBRUM’s universal modular tracked platform (UMPG) and Huta Stalowa Wola’s Borsuk IFV and K9 tracked chassis.

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