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Spike in action
Spike in action

India has decided to purchase Israel’s Spike anti-tank guided missile. An Indian defense ministry source said on Saturday that the Israeli Spike made by Rafael was selected after a competition with the U.S made Javelin missile.

India will buy at least 8,000 Spike missiles and more than 300 launchers in a deal worth $525 million.

The Spike Family consists of missiles suited for several platforms, multiple ranges and a variety of targets. The missiles in this family have sophisticated electro-optic CCD or IR sensors for operation day and night and in adverse weather conditions and a tandem warhead. Their lofted trajectories enable the warhead to hit the target at its most vulnerable part with pinpoint precision.

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All of the Spike Family members have a low Life Cycle Cost, due to high reliability and operational, logistic support and production commonality between members.

The Spike family comprises the following missile types:


Max. Range




Infantry and Special Forces



Infantry, Light Combat Vehicles



Infantry, LCV, Helicopters

Spike NLOS



The SPIKE-ER is a stand-alone anti-armor weapon system that is designed for mounting on various platforms, including helicopters, fast boats and combat vehicles. It can also be dismounted to a ground position and fitted onto a tripod. The compact system includes the SPIKE-ER missile in its canister, the Command Launch Unit (CLU), a thermal sight and the SPIKE-ER launcher.

Arie Egozi iHLS editor-in-chief
Arie Egozi
iHLS editor-in-chief