In a recent series of tests in the Negev Desert in southern Israel, RAFAEL demonstrated the SPIKE SR (Short Range) Precision guided missile, proving its unique lethal capability. The low weight of the SPIKE SR and the integrated shoulder launched capability make it one of the most highly portable and accurate anti-tank missiles available. The SPIKE SR is a light weight shoulder launched fully disposable Fire and Forget (F&F) missile with an effective range of 50-1500 meters. The SPIKE SR fulfills the anti-tank operational requirements of many if not most European armed forces
The SPIKE SR utlilises 3rd generation dual electro-optical (day/night) seeker technology in a versatile lightweight multi-purpose missile that can be used by the infantry or by Special Forces. The state of the art seeker technology (day/night), including uncooled IIR, high resolution CCD as well as an optimized tracker is tailored to the needs of infantry forces in a variety of operational and environmental scenarios. A particular advantage of the SPIKE SR is it’s low weight combined with the short time interval from power on to operational readiness, perfect for targets that are only exposed briefly.
Director of Marketing & Business development at Rafael’s Precision Tactical Weapon Systems directorate, Mr. Gal Papier: “We are very proud of this small missile, which proved to be as lethal as other large caliber missiles, with great agility for the warfighter due to its light weight, as well as its ability to act rapidly within six seconds from cold start, engaging fast moving targets, highly-demanded capabilities in today’s warfare”.
Spike is an Israeli fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charge HEAT warhead, currently in its fourth-generation. It was developed and designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. It is available in man-portable, vehicle-launched, and helicopter-launched variants. As well as engaging and destroying targets within the line-of-sight of the launcher (“fire-and-forget”), some variants of the missile are capable of making a top attack profile through a “fire, observe and update” guidance method (essentially lock-on after launch); the operator tracking the target, or switching to another target, optically through the trailing fiber-optic wire.