Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd has announced that it will offer the new SPIKE ER2, a 5th Generation Extended Range missile as the armament of choice for the German Tiger program, as well as for the Polish Army both a surface-to-surface vehicle-mounted standoff precision guided missile (PGM) and as rotary PGM for the upgraded MI24 and Sokol helicopters.
The new missile was unveiled at MSPO 2018 in Kielce, Poland.
SPIKE ER2 will offer a greater standoff range of up to 10 km for surface launch or 16 km when fired from a helicopter.
It will also offer NLOS engagement capabilities (launch to grid coordinate), while retaining the SPIKE legacy of relatively light weight (less than 34kg) and high lethality.
The SPIKE ER2 includes a new RF datalink variant and also contains a modern advanced seeker with high resolution IR and day sensors for extended range target acquisition, and a multispectral target tracker, enabling sensory data fusion – an important feature in the smoky environments of today’s battlefields.
Rafael also offers the missile with a special maritime target tracker to sustain target lock-on in the maritime environment.
SPIKE ER2 is fitted with an advanced Tandem HEAT warhead with armour penetration capabilities of all known MBT’s and embedded anti-structure capabilities. A Penetration, Blast and Fragmentation (PBF) Warhead (anti-fortification/anti-ship) option is also available.
The older SPIKE ER (Extended Range) variant has a range of 8 km and has been integrated on Spanish Army aviation Tiger helicopter, the Colombian Air Force Blackhawk, the Italian AW129 Mangusta, the Romanian Super Puma helicopter, the Super Cobra, and various different types of ground vehicles and naval vessels.
Rafael’s wider SPIKE Missile family has been integrated on more than 45 platforms, with over 30,000 missiles already supplied and 5000 missiles fired. 30 nations use the missile system.