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German Army trains with Spike

5th June 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London

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The German Army has wrapped its annual firing training of the Rafael Spike LR anti-tank guided missile as of 3 June.

Carried out in Germany in poor weather conditions, the training involved the firing of 54 live Spike missiles by gunners using the new Spike integrated control launch unit (ICLU) launcher.

Training consisted of complex firing scenarios such as beyond-line-of-sight engagements, retargeting mid-flight, firing in total darkness in infrared; as well as having to cope with adverse weather conditions, such as intense rain and strong winds. All 54 missiles hit their targets successfully.

Known as MELLS in Germany, the Spike family of missiles can counter land, air and naval threats at varying ranges. The missiles feature an electro-optic multispectral seeker for day/night operation and a tandem anti-tank warhead. With the missiles operating on a lofted trajectory, the warhead can strike a target at a vulnerable location with a fair degree of accuracy. In addition, Spike missiles can be mounted on a variety of platforms

Rafael has sold over 30,000 Spike missiles to 31 countries around the world, with European production being handled by Eurospike via major EU defence Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Moshe Elazar, executive vice president and head of Rafael’s land and naval division, said: ‘Spike has proved to be a high quality and reliable system chosen by 18 EU/NATO members (as well as 13 additional nations).

'Eurospike and Rafael see great importance in maintaining the commonality of the European user nations Spike launchers and missiles. The nations’ interoperability is a key factor both tactically and economically. Part of our roadmap in all Spike weapon system upgrades includes investment of substantial R&D funds to maintain this commonality.'

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