Rafael De­fense Sys­tems Strikes Pre­ci­sion Mis­sile Deal With IDF

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: TPS Staff

Rafael Ad­vanced De­fense Sys­tems Ltd. has been awarded a con­tract with the Is­rael De­fense Forces (IDF) to sup­ply more than one thou­sand SPIKE LR 2, 5th gen­er­a­tion elec­tro-op­ti­cal, pre­ci­sion-guided missiles.

The IDF is a long-time op­er­a­tional user of the SPIKE Mis­sile Family, and the ad­di­tion of the SPIKE LR 2 will en­hance both its in­fantry en­gage­ment range and its lethal­ity against a large va­ri­ety of tar­gets. The SPIKE LR 2’s con­nec­tiv­ity through the IDF’s net­work of sen­sors and ef­fec­tors will en­hance over­all force ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The IDF’s LR 2 pro­cure­ment com­ple­ment the IDF’s fieldi g of the In­te­grated Con­trol Launch Unit (ICLU), the new dig­i­tal net­worked launch­ers that pro­vide im­proved tac­ti­cal con­nec­tiv­ity for third party tar­get al­lo­ca­tion.

SPIKE LR 2 is an ad­vanced mul­ti­pur­pose mis­sile de­signed for the fu­ture bat­tle­fiel , with full com­mon­al­ity to the SPIKE Mis­sile legacy. The 5th gen­er­a­tion SPIKE LR 2 de­sign is based on lessons learned from mod­ern war­fare, com­bined with ac­cu­mu­lated data from more than 5000 SPIKE Missiles fi ed in combat and train­ing across its

large user base. The LR 2 is fully in­te­grated with all ex­ist­ing types of SPIKE launch­ers in use to­day, en­abling all of them to fi e both LR and LR 2 Missiles.

The LR 2 in­cor­po­rates improvements in lethal­ity and im­mu­nity to meet both present and fu­ture threats. This sub­stan­tial pro­duc­tion or­der of SPIKE LR 2 for the IDF will kick-start the SPIKE LR 2 Mis­sile pro­duc­tion ear­lier than ex­pected. Th de­vel­op­ment of SPIKE LR 2 lever­ages decades of suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tional use of all vari­ants across the SPIKE Family. Th pro­duc­tion or­der en­sures the IDF and fu­ture cus­tomers will be as­sured tech­ni­cal ma­tu­rity, low risk and readi­ness for oper­a­tion, syn­ony­mous with Rafael’s stan­dard of qual­ity.

Mr. Moshe Elazar, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and Head of Rafael’s Land and Naval Sys­tems Divi­sion stated that “the pro­cure­ment of SPIKE LR 2 by the IDF con­tin­ues the long legacy of SPIKE Mis­sile em­ploy­ment by the IDF and sig­ni­fies the trust and ap­pre­ci­a­tion the IDF holds for the per­for­mance of the SPIKE family. We are proud to con­trib­ute to Is­rael’s de­fense through our ex­cel­lent sys­tems and are happy to be­gin the LR 2 pro­duc­tion with this im­por­tant cus­tomer”.

The IDF is a long-time op­er­a­tional user of the SPIKE Mis­sile Family, and the ad­di­tion of the SPIKE LR 2 (pic­tured above) will en­hance both its in­fantry en­gage­ment range and its lethal­ity against a large va­ri­ety of tar­gets

This sub­stan­tial pro­duc­tion or­der of SPIKE LR 2 for the IDF will kick-start the SPIKE LR 2 Mis­sile pro­duc­tion ear­lier than ex­pected. The de­vel­op­ment of SPIKE LR 2 lever­ages decades of suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tional use of all vari­ants across the SPIKE Family.

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