Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has secured a deal for the production and supply of Spike LR 2 missiles for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
The contract will require the company to deliver more than 1,000 units of the electro-optical, precision-guided missile in order to improve the IDF’s infantry engagement range, as well as its lethality against a large variety of targets.
The procurement of LR 2s will complement the IDF’s fielding of the integrated control launch unit (ICLU), which is the new digital networked launcher that is expected to provide improved tactical connectivity for third-party target allocation.
Rafael Land and Naval Systems Division executive vice-president and head Moshe Elazar said: “The procurement of Spike LR 2 by the IDF continues the long legacy of Spike Missile employment by the IDF and signifies the trust and appreciation the IDF holds for the performance of the Spike family.
“We are proud to contribute to Israel’s defence through our excellent systems and are happy to begin the LR 2 production with this important customer.”
Spike LR 2 missiles have been specifically designed for the future battlefield.
The fifth-generation weapon possesses a range of 5.5km when fired from ground launchers and up to 10km when fired from a helicopter using the radio frequency (RF) data link.
The multipurpose missile’s ability to connect via the IDF’s network of sensors and effectors is expected to improve overall force capabilities.
Its design has been based on the expertise gained from modern warfare, along with the data collected from more than 5,000 Spike missiles fired during both combat and training exercises by its wide user base.
The LR 2’s lethality and immunity have been improved to meet both present and future threats.