Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Unveils Aerospike Air-to-surface Precision Guided Missile
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Unveils Aerospike Air-to-surface Precision Guided Missile

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Unveils Aerospike Air-to-surface Precision Guided Missile


AEROSPIKE is a state-of-the-art, next generation electro-optical (EO) SOPGM (Stand-Off Precision Guided Munition) system designed to meet the needs of complex modern warfare. It was developed and designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Missile is light-weight, provides very high precision (CEP ? 3 ft or 0.91m), and offers an unparalleled stand-off range of 30 km all within a contested environment and without GPS dependency. AeroSpike is to be officially unveiled at the 2022 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, 16–19 May.

Vice President Mr. Alon Shlomi, Director of RAFAEL’s Air-to-Surface Directorate said, “We believe the AEROSPIKE can enhance the precision, lethality, and survivability of future SOCOM AOW (Armed Overwatch) squadrons, providing the Air Force Special Operations Command an advanced tactical CAS solution while keeping the warfighter out of harm’s way. Today’s battle arena is saturated with portable air defense threats – like MANPADs – that require CAS elements to operate with greater precision and longer ranges; that is precisely what AEROSPIKE brings to the modern battlefield.”

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Aerospike (circled in red) air-to-surface precision guided missile in flight.
Aerospike (circled in red) air-to-surface precision guided missile in flight. (Photo by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems )

AEROSPIKE incorporates RAFAEL’s advanced SPIKE LR2 ((Israeli designation: Gil-2) precision guided missile technologies, including its dual high resolution EO seeker supported by advanced scene-matching technology and exceptional detection and tracking capabilities. A real-time data link allows for seamless man-in-the-loop operation and advanced lethality with a combination of HEAT (antitank) and blast fragmentation warheads. AEROSPIKE’s precision, immunity, and lethality provide a decisive and powerful solution for Close Air Support (CAS) in crisis response, counter-terrorism missions, and as counter A2/AD in full-intensity conflict.

AEROSPIKE was specially designed for fixed-wing aerial platforms and allows engagement of both moving and static targets in daytime and nighttime conditions, and in adverse weather. It’s real-time RF data link enables mid-mission abort and retargeting capabilities while also controlling attack angle and missile flight trajectory. Its simplified operating concept reduces low aircrew workload. Its extended 30 km engagement range makes the weapon ideal for air-to-surface attacks against modern tiered Air Defense Artillery (ADA) networks, mobile Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) sites, armored vehicles, and urban infrastructure.

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