Rafael’s SPIKE Missiles

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(Source: Indiadefence review.com)

In today’s rapidly changing battlefield, the combat helicopter holds a central and important role. The combat helicopter is a valuable asset for the military commander both in defensive and offensive missions. In the modern battlefield, helicopters are required to operate under high threat that limits their ability to be effective. Currently, combat helicopters mainly operate close to the enemy, within line of sight. Rafael’s Spike ER2 and Spike NLOS can be easily migrated and installed on different platforms. This complete commonality makes them an effective solution, allowing highly mobile operation and an unparalleled radius of up to 32km. This allows great operational flexibility with low risk to the helicopter and its crew. SPIKE helicopter integration, spike weapon system is already operational on many helicopters like the Apache, Blackhawk, Tiger and many other helicopters. It provides these helicopters a game-changing capability of standoff ranges with high accuracy, low threat to the helicopter and high effectiveness. 

The SPIKE Missile Family 

The SPIKE missiles are multi-purpose and multi-platform (air, ground, naval) weapons that have accumulated a substantial track record of target engagements including tanks, air defence targets, armoured vehicles, soft vehicles, marine vessels and structural targets. Spike ER and Spike NLOS can be easily migrated and installed on different platforms. This complete commonality makes them an effective solution for coastal guard vehicles, allowing highly mobile operation and an unparalleled radius of up to 32 km. Such an application is in use by South Korea’s Marine Corps on the Sand Cat vehicle.

The SPIKE Missile Family for helicopters includes Spike NLOS (Non-Line Of Sight) – 32km range, 75kg and Spike ER2 (Extended Range) – 16km (air-launch), 34kg. 

SPIKE NLOS: 32 km 

SPIKE NLOS Missile Weapon System is a true force multiplier enabling engagement of targets at ranges of up to 32 km during the day, night and in adverse weather. The long-range of the Spike NLOS Missile enables the helicopter to attack a target without exposing itself to enemy fire. The system provides the helicopter with the unique ability to engage targets at significant stand-off range without line of sight. The Spike NLOS can be operated in either direct attack upon target detection using either Lock On Before Launch (LOBL) / Lock On After Launch (LOAL) Modes or firing from standoff in automatic navigation mode based on target coordinates (using the missile-embedded INS unit). A bi-directional advanced RF data link enables transmission of the missile seeker video image, enabling real-time updating or steering of the missile FOV.

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Nitin Konde
Nitin Konde is a freelance journalist with an experience of more than a decade. Being a freelancer, he has covered various domains in his field such as Sports, Biotechnology, Defence etc. and has been associated with brands like The Times of India, Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review Magazines. Since the last three years he has been focusing and writing extensively on the defence sector, he is here to share his expertise with our readers on AviatorsBuzz.