NAWCWD’s on­go­ing Spike ef­forts pay off in suc­cess­ful fire


From its first guided shot just over a decade ago to a 2015 fold­ing fin demon­stra­tion, the home-grown Spike mis­sile pro­gramme at the Naval Air War­fare Cen­ter Weapons Di­vi­sion con­tin­ues to use in-house de­vel­op­ments and warfighter in­put to make im­prove­ments to get the mis­sile into the hands of sailors and marines in the face of grow­ing un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle con­cerns.

Dur­ing a De­cem­ber 2016 test at China Lake, the Spike team twice demon­strated the ca­pa­bil­ity of the mis­sile to shoot down an out­law UAV with one shot.

“The team worked re­ally hard to get us to the point where ev­ery­thing was smooth,” said Spike Project Man­ager Gavin Swan­son. “Come test day, there wasn’t any­thing in our way.”

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