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Avalon 2019: Rafael wants to Spike Australian helicopters and add SPICE

1st March 2019 - 14:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Melbourne

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Last August the Australian Army selected the Spike LR2 multipurpose missile for the Boxer 8x8 armoured vehicle under Land 400 Phase 2, and it has also specified it for Phase 3 for the army’s future IFV. Subsequently, Rafael was busy promoting the Spike for Australian helicopters at the Avalon Air Show near Melbourne.

When ground-launched the Spike LR2 has a 5.5km range, but this rises to 6.5km when fired from an airborne helicopter. On the other hand, the fire-and-forget Spike ER2 offers a 10km or 16km range respectively depending on whether it is ground- or air-launched.

A 27kg twin-missile lightweight

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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