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WARSAW, ($1=4.07 Polish Zlotys) – Mesko, a member of the Polish Armaments Group, is ending production of a batch of Spike-LR anti-tank missiles for the Polish Armed Forces this year. Currently, its offer includes Spike-LR2 missiles, with significantly increased combat capabilities and fully compatible with existing and new launchers, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defence24.
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“We are ready to gradually move to the production of Spike LR2 missiles, especially as some elements, such as low-smoke missiles, have already been implemented for production as part of the current batch of Spike LR1” emphasizes Elżbieta Šreniawska, Chairman of the Board of Mesko SA.
Spike-LR anti-tank missiles are one of the main means of anti-tank defense in the Polish army. They can hit armored targets up to 4 km away, including those invisible to the operator from both the front and top of the hemisphere. This is possible thanks to the guidance system integrating optical connections, as well as thermal and television cameras. All these elements contribute to the high efficiency of the ATGM Spike, even against heavily armored tanks.
Today, Mesco’s offer includes a new version of the Spike rocket, namely the Spike LR2. It has several new capabilities and is compatible with all Spike LR starters. Mesko can start producing the new version of the Spike missiles as soon as the current batch is over.
In an interview with Defense24.pl, Przemyslaw Kovalchuk, a member of the board of Mesko, stressed that the smooth transition to the production of Spike LR2 will avoid the cost of re-certification of the entire production line and speed up the delivery time of missiles.
The company in Skarzysko is already largely prepared to deliver a new type of rocket, as some of its elements, such as a low-smoke rocket engine, have already been introduced under the Spike LR1 program. The action of the latter element was confirmed during test shootings conducted in Poland.
The introduction of Spike LR2 missiles will significantly strengthen the anti-tank defense of the Polish Armed Forces. They have several new capabilities and at the same time are fully compatible with both existing portable launchers and those of ZSSW-30 towers.
Spike missiles will also be able to be launched from modernized Mi-24 helicopters and Otokar-Brzoza tank destroyers, if equipped with Spike launchers, as well as from any other platform the Polish army decides to integrate. Compared to the currently used Spike LR1, the LR2 missiles have an extended range of up to 5.5 km and a new warhead, but also a significantly modernized guidance system.
All these possibilities can be made available for new and existing Spike ATGM launchers in the Polish Army – Przemyslaw Kovalchuk, Member of the Management Board of Mesko.
The Spike LR2 guidance system has a new uncooled thermal imaging camera, which increases surveillance capabilities but also allows to reduce the time to reach combat readiness. The day sensor has also been modified, and the targeting system ensures the simultaneous use and connection (merging) of data from both cameras. The warhead has also been improved.
The Spike program has been running in Poland for almost two decades. Today, these missiles are an important element not only of the anti-tank defense of the Polish army but also of the Mesko factories, owned by PGZ.
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