Rafael announces Spike NLOS multipurpose tactical missile
Rafael announces Spike NLOS multipurpose tactical missile

Rafael announces Spike NLOS multipurpose tactical missile

Rafael announces Spike NLOS multipurpose tactical missile
Rafael announces Spike NLOS multipurpose tactical missile

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has developed a lightweight, vehicle-integrated launch system for the Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) multipurpose tactical missile. Spike is portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charge high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, with a maximum range of 18.5 miles. Spike NLOS is a multipurpose precision-guided missile system equipped with a dual-mode electro-optical (EO)/infrared (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.

Developed in response to requests from undisclosed special forces customers, The new Spike NLOS Modular Launcher is an adaptable, pallet-based, stand-off launch system specifically configured for air portable reconnaissance units and special forces. But Spike NLOS Modular Launcher is compatible with most lightweight all-terrain vehicles – as a modular system, with a baseline configuration that features a missile launch pod (MLP) of four ready-to-launch Spike NLOS missiles, an MLP of four reserve missiles, and a communications pod for the RF datalink. The Lightweight Modular Spike NLOS Launcher concept was first shown at Eurosatory 2016 in Paris on a down-scaled Polaris MRZR 4-style 4×4 all-terrain vehicle with an integrated Spike NLOS missile magazine that included two Spike NLOS ready-to launch-rounds, and a clip-on magazine of two additional rounds.

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Rafael has since refined the concept – shown on a TomCar 4×4 platform, but compatible with most lightweight all-terrain vehicles – as a modular system, with a baseline configuration that features a missile launch pod (MLP) of four ready-to-launch Spike NLOS missiles, an MLP of four reserve missiles, and a communications pod for the RF datalink. The MLP is mounted on a pallet – securely mounted on the host platform with just seven screws – enabling rapid and easy integration onto light vehicles. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have reduced the weight of the entire system from its original ‘few tons’ to just 1,350 kg – which includes eight Spike NLOS rounds.

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