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Singapore introduces Spike SR

2nd June 2017 - 06:26 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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The Singapore Army is in the process of introducing Rafael’s Spike Short Range (SR) missile to various infantry units.

First unveiled in public at the recent Army Open House from 27-29 May, Singapore is likely the first export customer of this anti-armour missile. Rafael announced it had completed Spike SR deliveries to an unspecified customer in May 2016. 

The new man-portable missile will replace the 15kg Saab Carl-Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle, and it will be used in conjunction with the 90mm MATADOR (Manportable Anti-Tank Anti-DOoR) issued at the section level. 

The Spike SR’s range is 50m to 1,500m, and target lock is achieved through a 4x magnification electro-optical dual (day/night) seeker, including uncooled imaging infrared seeker, high-resolution CCD and optimised tracker. 

The SPIKE SR has a choice of high explosive anti-tank and anti-structural warheads. However, unlike the unguided MATADOR, it does not allow the operator to opt between HEAT and HESH warheads when in combat. 

A Singapore operator said the Spike SR would be used primarily against main battle tanks.

Training is supplemented by a Rafael simulator rigged to the missile, and the operator said it takes less than a week to be rated on the Spike SR.

With ten years of technology between the Spike and MATADOR, the 9.6kg Spike SR packs more capabilities and lethality for a similar weight.

Shephard understands the missile will be officially commissioned into service later this year.

The Singapore Army has been using the Spike LR variant since 1999 in both infantry and Guards (fast strike) units.

Chen Chuanren

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Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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