The shoulder-launched SPIKE SR (Short-Range) ATGM from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd will be co-produced as part of Poland’s Pustelnik Program by Polish company Mesko, a PGZ company.
Led by the Polish MOD Armament Inspectorate, the Pustelnik Program is aimed at choosing an anti-tank weapon for Poland’s Territorial Defense Forces (WOT).
The SPIKE LR missile variant has been in use by the Polish Defense Forces for some 15 years now, with local production of the missile parts and final assembly taking place in Poland by Mesko since 2003.
“A future decision to equip the Polish Army with the SPIKE SR offers not only an operational advantage, exceeding the specification requirements of the Pustelnik program, but also an economic benefit to the local economy, as it further deepens industrial cooperation between Mesko and Rafael, making Mesko part of the SPIKE SR global supply chain, as components of the missile will be produced in Poland, not only for the local market, but also for export customers,” says Gal Papier, director of marketing & business development, Precision Tactical Weapon Systems directorate at Rafael.
The SPIKE SR is an advanced Fire & Forget missile, for ranges exceeding 2000 meters. The man-portable, ATGM weighing only (10kg) is suited for day and night use and is capable of defeating any type of armoured vehicle or MBT.
The SPIKE SR missile’s lethality is achieved by a tandem HEAT warhead with a precursor charge that defeats Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA), allowing the main warhead to achieve its full penetration of Rolled Homogeneous Armour (RHA).
SPIKE SR is the smallest member of the well-established, globally known and combat-proven SPIKE ATGM Family. SPIKE is in service in 34 countries, including 19 NATO nations, with over 34,000 missiles already supplied and more than 6,000 fired in tests and combat.
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