An Israeli company, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has unveiled its fifth-generation Spike multipurpose missile with a significant increase in range and lethality for the use of field assassinations.
Walla news website on Monday quoted the company as saying that the missile will be presented for the first time at the Paris Air Show in June.
According to Israeli sources, the Spike LR II is an advanced multipurpose missile, weighing only 12.7 kg., and can be launched from any Spike launcher. It has a range of 5.5 km. when fired from ground launchers and up to 10 km. when fired from a helicopter.
The Spike LR II, which can be fired from vehicles, helicopters, ships and ground launchers, has advanced electro-optic seekers which include capabilities of a smart target tracker with artificial intelligence features.
It helps Israeli infantry forces to occupy towns in Lebanon or the Gaza Strip and to carry out assassination operations against wanted people on motorcycles, the sources elaborated.
The missile also includes new third-party target allocation (networked-enabled) enhancement with an embedded inertial measurement unit assembly, which allows the missiles to be fired to grid target coordinates, including advanced armor and protection systems.
The Spike LR II also has two advanced warhead configurations for increased lethality, the company said. The Tandem HEAT warhead configuration ups the armor penetration capability of the missile by over 30% and the new multipurpose blast warhead, which includes controlled fusing (by the gunner) for control of the desired effect.
(Source / 30.05.2017)