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A new 5th generation variant of the SPIKE Family that can be fired from vehicles, helicopters, ships, and ground launchers was unveiled.
SPIKE LR II is an advanced multipurpose missile, weighing only 12.7 kg, designed for modern warfare with almost full commonality to the SPIKE Missile legacy and can be launched from any SPIKE Launcher.
The missile was unveiled by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
For increased lethality, SPIKE LR II includes two unique state-of-the-art advanced and highly capable Warhead configurations: a Tandem HEAT warhead configuration, enhancing armor penetration capability by more than 30%, and a new multipurpose blast warhead, which includes controlled fusing (by the gunner) for control of the desired effect.
SPIKE LR II has a range of 5.5 km when fired from ground launchers (an increase of more than 35% above the 4 km range of the original SPIKE LR) and up to 10 km when fired from a helicopter (using alternative option of RF Data link).
The SPIKE LR II has a modern electro-optical seeker which includes a high-quality un-cooled IR sensor and an advanced high definition color day sensor. The new seeker includes capabilities of a smart target tracker with AI features (Artificial Intelligence).
SPIKE LR II was designed against new modern targets with low signature, time-sensitive, as well as various types of advanced armor and protection systems. To counter this SPIKE LR II includes an embedded IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) for missions of third party-target allocation, allowing the firing of the missile to grid target coordinates.
Rafael has supplied over 27,000 SPIKE Missiles and systems to over 26 countries.