WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin integrates the ultra-long-range version “Non-Line Of Sight” [NLOS] of the Israeli fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile Spike on the US Command’s Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle [JLTV].
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Lockheed Martin says JLTV will increase its efficiency and combat capability, as Spike NLOS is a precision long-range system and JLTV is fast, flexible, and mobile. Jerry Broad, vice president of Lockheed Martin, says the Spike NLOS and missile-integrated in-flight video surveillance system will enable military teams not only to launch precision attacks but also to change targets at any time or refuse to deploy, depending on changing circumstances.
Lockheed Martin has managed to integrate not only Spike NLOS on the JLTV but also to provide a remote missile launch system. The company says that the design of the weapon system allows it to be integrated into any vehicle with a palletized interface in less than 20 minutes without making any modifications to the land vehicle.
Spike NLOS is one of these weapons created as a result of military action. From the Spike anti-tank missile family, Spike NLOS was born as a result of the Yom Kippur War, which revealed to the military that a high-precision guided surface-to-surface tactical missile was needed.
The range of Spike NLOS is 32 km. The rocket weighs nearly 70 kg. In addition to optical connectivity, Spike NLOS also uses a radio link for command data. Spike NLOS has an integrated EO-IR / CCD seeker with the ability to semi-active laser [SAL] and various anti-armor warheads, penetration blasts, and fragmentation blasts to meet specific applications.
Spike NLOS can be launched from an air or ground platform. In 2020, the US Air Force conducted a test of a successful launch from an Apache helicopter. A year later, in 2021, the US Air Force tested the full range of the missile and it hit a target at 32 km. Israel is currently working to increase the range of the missile to 50 km.
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