A missile known as a ‘destroyer of Russian tanks’ enters service in Poland
WARSAW, (BM) – Rafael, a well-known Israeli arms manufacturer, has announced plans to ship Rafael SPIKE anti-tank missiles with a range of up to 32 kilometers to Poland, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Given that the Poles are preparing to confront only one enemy – Russia – in an unfavorable scenario, these missiles can fly into the T-72B3, T-90, T-80BMV and other Russian tanks. The systems are supposed to be put on Polish armored vehicles KTO Rosomak 8×8 or Soviet BMP-1, which Warsaw inherited.
According to The National Interest, Rafael is involved in an entire tank destruction program called Ottokar-Brzoza.
Smart missiles: the NLOS control unit identifies targets visually, without using laser guidance, radar or GPS In bad weather conditions, in smoke and dust, when exposed to electronic warfare, this is very important, since laser or infrared-guided heads can fail.
Rafael SPIKE uses gunners on the ground or drones. Missiles will be produced by the Polish company Mesko under license. Each installation holds 8 missiles, while it is combined with other SPIKE missiles that Poland already uses – SPIKE LR and SPIKE LR2.
Earlier in Warsaw, they announced their intention to get rid of Soviet equipment and weapons, in particular, MiG-29 fighters, which the Poles want to replace with American F-35s. The exception is the T-72 tanks, which went to the Poles from the USSR in the amount of 500 pieces.
About Spike series
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.
The Spike LR2 is an advanced state-of-the-art 5th generation multipurpose multi-platform missile. It is backwards compatible to the previous Long Range generation.
The LR2 is the result of a long-executed strategy of continuously improving the SPIKE missile family. The innovation of the LR2 speaks for itself: enhanced engagement range; enhanced lethality, weight reduction both of the missile and the launcher.
For the enhanced lethality the LR2 includes two unique state-of-the-art advanced and highly capable warhead configurations: a tandem HEAT warhead configuration, enhancing the armour penetration capability by more then 30%, and a new multipurpose blast warhead that includes controlled fusing for control of the desired effect.
Selecting breach mode the new warhead can breach up to 20cm of reinforced concrete (with reinforcing bars) and detonate within the structure.
The Spike ER is a multi-purpose, multi-platform missile system for ranges up to 8 km. The SPIKE ER has not only Fire and forget capability, but also Fire, Observe and Update capability enabling targeting changes in real-time. It was designed to be mounted on combat vehicles, helicopters and naval vessels.
In addition to the above modes of operation the SPIKE ER also has a Fire and Steer mode where the operator can launch the missile without pre-locking onto the target. He can then manually steer the missile towards the target.
The Spike ER Launcher is a true multi-platform missile, integrated on more than 40 different platforms throughout the world, from light wheeled vehicles through to tracked armoured vehicles; from light RIB boats to heavy frigates, and from light armoured scout helicopters to heavily armed combat helicopter gunships.
“We sell Spike all around the Europe – Western, Central, Baltic and the Balkans. Romania is the closer NATO allied country using Spike in the region. The baltic European Union and NATO member Latvia has bought the SPIKE anti-tank missile system just month ago and this is the biggest defence contract in the 100 year old history of Latvia.” Yizhar Sahar said.
Rafael performed a first test of launch of its Spike –NLOS from a light vehicle
February last year Rafael performed a first test of launch of its Spike –NLOS from a light vehicle. The missiles were launched to a range of more than 25 kilometers from a newly developed light launcher can be mounted on light SUVs, like the TOMCAR off road light vehicle.
The SPIKE NLOS Weapon System was highly classified for more than 30 years. The System was designed as a defensive weapon system that can engage targets in great precision and in great ranges.
The SPIKE NLOS is combat proven and proved to be an effective tool for both High intensity conflicts (HIC) and Low intensity conflicts (LIC) as well. The Weapon system was upgraded several times during the last 30 years and today according to Rafael, is one of the most advanced and modern precision weapon system.
Germany and Spike missiles
Germany is the biggest Spike’s client in Europe. On November 29 Eurospike has signed a multi-year framework contract for the supply of SPIKE Missiles & launchers to the German Army.
The missiles and launchers will be manufactured in Germany by local German companies, in keeping with RAFAEL’s global policy of teaming up with domestic industry, resulting in knowledge transfer and local job creation.
The contract was signed by representatives from Eurospike and BAAINBw in a ceremony that took place at the beginning of November in the offices of the German MOD (BAAINBw) in Koblenz Germany.
As part of the framework contract, the first order was made for the supply of 1500 SPIKE rounds, as well as hundreds of RAFAEL’S new ICLU (Integrated Control Launch Unit) dismounted missile launchers.
The multi-year framework contract will allow the Bundeswehr to continue procuring additional SPIKE Missiles in the next few years to reach its goal of high launcher-to-missile ratio.
The German Army is already currently using both the dismounted portable SPIKE (MELLS) launcher as well the as the vehicle-mounted launcher on the German army Puma, Marder & Wiesel.
India also uses anti-tank Spike missile to protect its border with Pakistan.
The Indian Army has inducted Israel-made anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMS) Spike along the LoC in northern command theatre in Jammu and Kashmir to bolster defence along the country’s border with Pakistan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
These anti-tank guided missiles and its launchers were inducted along the LoC in northern theatre from October 16-17 and are being used currently, Army sources told PTI.
A total of 210 missiles along with 12 launchers were delivered to Army from Israel under a Rs 280 crore deal, as a part of its ’emergency purchase’ mechanism.
The much-needed deal was struck after the Pakistani army moved some of its troops to the border following the Indian Air Force’s strike on terror camps in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan.
The “fire and forget” ATGMs have a strike range of up to four kilometers and can be used to destroy bunkers, shelters, launching pads and terrorist training camps close to the LoC, said sources.
In July this year, the Army had placed an order for procuring Israeli anti-tank Spike missiles, known for their “precision targeting”, under emergency purchases to meet the operational preparedness, sources said.
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