Land Warfare

Australia selects Spike LR2​ missile system

5th February 2020 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has selected the Rafael Spike LR2 missile system as its new Long Range Direct Fire Support Weapon capability.

To be acquired under the Land 159 Lethality System project, Spike LR2 will give the Australian Army a modern and credible dismounted anti-armour guided missile system to target contemporary armoured threats.

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, said: ‘The Long Range Direct Fire Support Weapon capability will enable our dismounted teams to engage armoured targets faster, at increased range, and with improved accuracy.

‘New technology and capabilities enable [the] army to challenge it’s adversaries in complex, remote and hostile environments. The alignment with the Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (Land 400 Phase 2), will also enable [the] army to deliver improved operational effects for the ADF in sustainment, training and maintenance.’

The ADF is currently considering options to address a Medium Range Direct Fire Support Weapon capability which will be presented to the Australian government for consideration in 2022.

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