Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., an Israeli defense technology company, said it has developed a fifth generation of its SPIKE missile that can be fired from vehicles, helicopters, ships and ground launchers.
The SPIKE LR II is a multipurpose missile, weighing just 12.7 kilograms (28 pounds), which can be launched from any SPIKE Launcher. For increased lethality, SPIKE LR II includes two warhead configurations: a Tandem HEAT configuration that is capable of increasing armor penetration by more than 30 percent, and a new multipurpose blast warhead.
SPIKE LR II has a range of 5.5 kilometers (3.42 miles) when fired from ground launchers (an increase of more than 35% above the 4-kilometer range of the original SPIKE LR) and up to 10 kilometers when fired from a helicopter. The missile also has an electro-optical seeker with sensors and can track a target using artificial intelligence features.
“The development of the SPIKE LR II is based on Rafael’s vast experience in the development of a wide variety of missiles over the years, and was largely possible due to Rafael’s close cooperation with the users at the IDF and other militaries around the world,” said Moshe Elazar, executive vice president and head of Rafael’s Land and Naval Systems Division.
The Israeli firm will present the new SPIKE LR II missile at the Paris Air Show in June. To date, Rafael has supplied over 27,000 SPIKE missiles and systems to over 26 countries, the company said in a statement Monday.