By Arie Egozi
During the SPIKE missile Users Club Meeting (SUCM) conference in Slovenia, the well-experienced Slovenian Army launched two SPIKE missiles. Both from a portable launcher as well as for the first time ever from an OSHKOSH JLTV vehicle, which was integrated with RAFAEL’s Mini MLS Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), which includes a SPIKE vehicle-mounted missile launcher.
The two SPIKE missiles hit their target precisely (both in IR and day mode). In addition, the innovative FIREFLY miniature close combat loitering munition was demonstrated, extracted from a canister by the maneuvering infantry, in vertical takeoff, and engaging targets beyond-line-of-sight.
Slovenian National Armament Director, Željko Kralj said, “We are extremely pleased to have hosted the 16th SUCM in Slovenia. Personally, I have never seen SPIKE LR firing before. SPIKE LR is one of the key weapon systems operated by the Slovenian Armed Forces and certainly the most precise against long range armored and other targets. This is the first time our soldiers have fired SPIKE missiles from an enclosure and from Rafael’s RCWS mounted on JLTV Oshkosh, and of course, I am delighted that both missiles hit the target. Slovenia is to establish a medium-sized infantry battalion group, which will include an anti-armor platoon equipped with 4×4 JLTVs with an integrated RCWS. After I have seen SPIKE in action today, I am very pleased with the efficiency and efficacy of the system itself and how it has functioned when mounted on the JLTV.”
Moshe Elazar, Executive Vice President and Head Rafael’s Land Division noted that the existence of the SPIKE Users Club is a great honor for Rafael, and a show of confidence in the SPIKE. “We thank all the delegations for coming and particularly NSPA and our Slovenian partners for their warm hospitality, high level of professionalism and great cooperation.”