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Spike MR

Anti-tank guided missile

Spike MR

The Israeli Spike MR falls in the same category as the US Javelin

 
 
Country of origin Israel
Entered service 1998 (?)
Armor penetration ~ 700 mm
Range 2.5 km
Missile length 1.2 m
Missile diameter 0.11 m
Fin span ?
Missile weight 13 kg
CLU weight ~ 13 kg
Warhead weight ?
Warhead type Tandem HEAT
Guidance Infrared imaging

 

   The Spike MR is a 3rd generation anti-tank guided missile, developed in Israel. Letters "MR" in the designation stand for "Medium Range". This weapon was designed for infantry use and special forces. The Spike MR falls in the same category as the US Javelin. It was publicly revealed for the first time in 1997. Small scale production commenced during the same year. Some sources report that this missile was adopted by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in 1998. By the year 2000 it replaced in the IDF service the ageing Dragon anti-tank guided missiles. This missile was formerly known in Israel as the NT-G or Gill. Though in 2002 it was renamed to Spike MR. It was planned that by 2012 the Spike MR will completely replace in service the ageing Dragon missiles. The Spike MR has been exported to a number of countries, including Belgium, Finland, Italy, Peru, and the Netherlands. There are some unconfirmed countries that might use these missiles, including Azerbaijan, Chile, Columbia, Portugal, Slovenia and Thailand.

   The Spike MR system includes launch tubes with missiles, Command Launch Unit (CLU), thermal sight and small tripod. The CLU is reusable while the launch tube is disposable. This weapon is operated by a crew of 2.

   The Spike MR uses an infrared imaging guidance. The missile has an advanced electro-optical seeker and sophisticated tracker. However unlike most other Spike series missiles it does not use a fiber-optic datalink. Instead it employs lock-before-launch approach. This missile can only be fired in fire-and-forget mode. The gunner selects a target and fires the missile, with the seeker locking on to the target. After the launch the missile guides itself automatically. The missile has a high hit probability against stationary and moving targets.

   Maximum range of fire is 2.5 km. The missile uses a lofted trajectory for impact on the upper surface of the enemy tank, where its armor is thin.

   This missile has a tandem HEAT warhead and penetrates more than 700 mm of steel armor behind Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA).

   The Spike MR can be fired in day time and low light conditions. It also has some degree of adverse weather capability.

 

Variants

 

   Spike LR is a more advanced extended range version. Letters "LR" in the designation stand for "Long Range". The only significant difference between the Spike MR and LR is a fiber-optic datalink. This allows to fire the Spike LR not only in "fire-and-forget", but also in "fire-observe-and-update" mode. The datalink also extended the range of the missile to 4 km. Otherwise it is similar to the Spike MR.

 

 
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