Romanian Army tests and evaluates SPIKE LR missiles

20 December 2017 (Last Updated December 20th, 2017 12:44)

The Romanian Army has successfully conducted testing of ten Rafael SPIKE long-range (LR) missiles as part of its procurement and evaluation process.

Romanian Army tests and evaluates SPIKE LR missiles
Spike ATGM Command and launcher unit (CLU) with mock-up Spike-LR missile mounted on a tripod. Credit: Dave1185 (talk) / Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

The Romanian Army has successfully conducted testing of ten Rafael SPIKE long-range (LR) missiles as part of its procurement and evaluation process.

Trials involved firing SPIKE missiles from the integrated control launch unit (ICLU) against tanks and armoured personnel carriers at different ranges.

The ICLU is the new modern digital launcher for SPIKE missiles. It has long-range target detection capabilities and can be integrated into a tactical network, Rafael stated.

All ten SPIKE missiles fired in day and infrared modes hit their targets successfully.

“All ten SPIKE missiles fired in day and infrared modes hit their targets successfully.”

Testing was conducted at the Cincu National Training Center in Braşov, Romania.

The Romanian Army currently uses a vehicle-mounted version of SPIKE LR on a 30mm remote controlled weapon station (RCWS). The SPIKE-ER missile with an 8km range is used on Puma helicopters.

The portable anti-tank SPIKE LR missiles are being secured to equip the infantry, reconnaissance, and mountain troop brigades, as well as the artillery regiments of the Romanian Land Forces.

The SPIKE family of missiles are suitable for land, air and sea platforms, with a variety of ranges.

Rafael states that the missile’s lofted trajectories enable the warhead to strike targets with accuracy. It comes equipped with electro-optic sensors for operation in day, night, and adverse weather.