RAFAEL UN­VEILS SPIKE LR II

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Rafael Ad­vanced De­fence Sys­tems Lim­ited has un­veiled SPIKE LR II, a new fifth-gen­er­a­tion vari­ant of the SPIKE fam­ily that can be fired from vehicles, he­li­copters, ships, and ground launch­ers. The new mis­sile will be pre­sented for the first time at the Paris Air Show in June 2017. SPIKE LR II is an ad­vanced mul­tipur­pose mis­sile, weigh­ing only 12.7 kg and can be launched from any SPIKE launcher. For in­creased lethal­ity, SPIKE LR II in­cludes a Tan­dem HEAT war­head con­fig­u­ra­tion, en­hanc­ing ar­mour pen­e­tra­tion ca­pa­bil­ity by more than 30 per cent, and a new multi-pur­pose blast war­head, which in­cludes con­trolled fus­ing (by the gun­ner) for con­trol of the de­sired ef­fect. SPIKE LR II has a range of 5.5 km when fired from ground launch­ers (ear­lier range of 4 km) and up to 10 km when fired from a he­li­copter (us­ing al­ter­na­tive op­tion of RF data link).

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