After the SPIKE, the Israeli anti-aircraft system SPYDER is about to break into Europe

In 2004, two German defense industrial groups, Rheinmetall Defense Electronics GmbH and DIEHL Munitionssysteme GmbH, joined forces with the Israeli RAFAEL Ltd to create the joint venture EUROSPIKE Gmbh, intended not only to manufacture Israel's new SPIKE anti-tank missiles ordered by the Bundeswehr to replace the Franco-German Milan and HOT missiles, but also to offer all the missiles of the SPIKE family to the European armies. The fact is, while Euromissile controlled almost all of the European armies in terms of anti-tank missiles in the 80s and 90s, thereby depriving the US industry of precious market shares in this field, this it is indeed the Israeli SPIKE missiles which, since 2004, have taken control of these armies, having been chosen by 21 of the 27 member armies of NATO, including 19 European armies.

A similar situation now seems to be taking shape, not in the field of anti-tank missiles, but in that of anti-aircraft systems. In effect, the Rafael company recently announced that it is in more or less advanced negotiations with 5 European countries per month, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania, to acquire the SPYDER medium-range anti-aircraft system, while the Czech Republic has already ordered 4 batteries in 2020 to replace its SA-6 systems (2K12 Kub) inherited from the Soviet era. Such an announcement will not fail to react in certain European circles, especially since there are 3 systems equivalent to the SPYDER and of European invoice, German IRIS-T SL and the French MICA VL (NG) for the SPYDER-SR, and the more efficient Franco-Italian SAMP/T Mamba for the SPYDER-MR.

iris t 3 Defense news | Germany | Belgium
Like the French Mical VL, the German Iris-t SL is the direct competitor of the Israeli SPYDER-SR

It must be said that the SPYDER does not lack attractions to seduce. Firstly, it is modular and adaptable, with a short-range offer based on the AESA EL/M-2106 radar and the infrared-guided Python 5 missile, for an interception bubble with a range of 20 km and at a maximum altitude of 9000 m, and a medium-range offer based on the powerful AESA EL/M-2084 radar used in particular by the Iron Dome system, and the active radar-guided Derby missile, with a range of 50 km at a altitude of up to 16.000 meters. In its latest evolution, the SPYDER-MR (medium range), also offers short-range anti-ballistic interception capabilities. This last capacity, put forward by Rafael, is however more marketing than operational, the bubble of anti-ballistic protection offered by a missile having the performance of the Derby being particularly reduced, only against missiles in the descending phase aiming at a target precisely protected by the battery. But the most appealing of Rafael's arguments lies elsewhere, along with the risks and constraints attached to it.

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

Metadefense Logo 93x93 2 Defense News | Germany | Belgium

The Classic subscriptions provide access to
articles in their full version, and without advertising,
from 1,99 €.

For further


Last articles