Rafael unveils 1,500-meter-range infantry missile

Defense company declines to comment whether Spike has been purchased.

May 17, 2016 03:07
A SOLDIER prepares to fire Rafael’s Spike short range missile accurate to 1,500 meters.

A SOLDIER prepares to fire Rafael’s Spike short range missile accurate to 1,500 meters.. (photo credit: RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS)

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems plans to unveil its Spike, short-range (SR) shoulder- fired (man portable) weapon Wednesday at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Rafael said.

The guided short-range infantry-operated missile has a 1,500-meter range, and is designed to strike various targets including armored vehicles and structures, said the Israeli defense company.

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Rafael sources declined to say whether the IDF, or any other potential clients, have purchased the missile, or whether talks are under way over a future acquisition.

Rafael has offered three other versions of the Spike: a medium-range missile with a 2.5-kilometer range, specifically designed for urban warfare; and a long-range version, with a range of four kilometers. The latter is a fourth generation fire-and-forget weapon that uses a fiber optic data communications link enabling gunners to attack “hidden targets,” according to Rafael.

A third variant, designed to be fired from combat vehicles, helicopters, or naval vessels, is a fire-and-forget missile with a range of eight km.

All Spike missiles can be used to strike bunkers, urban structures, tanks and light armored vehicles.

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