Between missile and wandering ammunition, the Israeli Rafael presents his new Spike NLOS with a range of 50 km

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Meta-Defense Anniversary

  • Until midnight Monday June 13, take advantage of a 15% discount on Classic and Student subscriptions (annual) with the code B57LMAcV.
  • Premium subscribers / Professionals, you can now publish 2 Press releases / Announcements / Job offers on Meta-Defense each month for free. More details on your page My Account

At the end of the Cold War, the Western anti-tank missile market was in the hands of the United States with the TOW from Hughes Aircraft and the arrival of the Hellfire missile from Lokheed-Martin, and from Europe with the HOT and the very effective MILAN infantry developed by Euromissiles. But with the end of the Soviet threat, Americans and Europeans significantly lowered their investments in this area, opening the way to the emergence of other players on the planet. And in this area, the Israeli Rafael unquestionably achieved the largest market share with its range of SPIKE anti-tank missiles. Appeared in the early 80s in a confidential manner to meet the needs of the Israeli armies, the SPIKE was initially a 4th generation missile equipped with an infrared seeker like the American Javelin, and therefore capable of autonomously directing a once launched towards its target, unlike the MILAN, TOW or HOT which still had to be guided to it by an operator.

Today, the SPIKE missile family, which includes more than a dozen variants, has earned the lion's share of Western armies, and is exported to more than thirty armed forces around the world, including more than twenty belonging to NATO, in particular thanks to the creation of the EuroSpike joint venture between Rafael and the Germans Diehl Defense and Rheinmetall Defense Electronic, each of them owning 40% of the group's shares. This choice of Berlin in favor of cooperation with Israel was to the chagrin of France and MBDA who then continued to promote MILAN and HOT in evolved versions but anchored in an earlier generation. The break is now so complete in this area between Paris and Berlin that as part of the Tiger III program, in which Germany had not then confirmed its participation, Berlin announced in 2019 that it wanted to equip its own Tigers with Spike missiles and not the new MHT missile recently designated Akéron from the European MBDA. It is true that technologically speaking, everything opposes these two missiles, the Spike NLOS (No Line of Sight) and its infrared seeker being able to reach targets at 50 km, where the MHT, guided through an optical fiber to keep the notion of man in the loop, only has a range of 8 km.

Rafael Spike Estonia 00 Defense News | Russian-Ukrainian conflict | Arms exports
The Spike equips many European armies, particularly in Eastern and Northern Europe.

There are 75% of this article left to read, Subscribe to access it!

The Classic subscriptions provide access to
articles in their full version, and without advertising.

Meta-Defense celebrates its 5th anniversary!

LOGO meta defense 114 Defense News | Russo-Ukrainian conflict | Arms exports

- 20% on your Classic or Premium subscription, with the code Metanniv24, until May 21 only !

Offer valid from May 10 to 21 for the online subscription of a new Classic or Premium, annual or weekly subscription on the Meta-Defense website.

For further


Comments are closed.


Last articles