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Spike LR2

Anti-tank guided missile

Spike LR2 missile

The Spike LR2 is one of the most advanced anti-tank missiles in the world

 
 
Country of origin Israel
Entered service 2018
Armor penetration more than 900 mm behind ERA
Range 5.5 km
Missile length ?
Missile diameter 130 mm
Fin span ?
Missile weight 12.7 kg
CLU weight with tripod and sights 12 kg
Warhead weight ?
Warhead type Tandem HEAT
Guidance Infrared imaging

 

   The Spike LR2 is an advanced 5th generation anti-tank guided missile with a number of advanced features. It is a new generation of the original Spike LR with longer range and increased armor penetration. It was developed in Israel and is produced by Raphael. Letters "LR" in the designation stand for "Long Range". Israeli designation of this missile is Gil-2. It was designed for use by the infantry and light combat vehicles. This missile can be also used by helicopters and watercraft. The original Spike LR was a huge success and was exported to around 30 countries, including most members of the NATO. Since its introduction the Spike LR2 was gaining orders. This missile was first ordered by the Israel Defense Forces in 2017. It was planned to become operational by the end of 2018. So far the Spike LR2 was also selected by Australia, Estonia, Germany, Latvia and Slovakia, though it is likely that other countries will also order this missile. The Spike LR2 is being license produced by Eurospike in Germany.

   The missile is slightly lighter than the original Spike LR and weights 12.7 kg. Launcher is also lighter. However the LR2 has increased range and armor penetration. The range increased to 5.5 km. Furthermore when fired from helicopter this missile has a range up to 10 km using a wireless datalink.

   It has a tandem HEAT warhead which offers 30% increased armor penetration. So it is estimated that the Spike LR2 can penetrate more than 900 mm of steel armor behind Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA).

   This missile is also available with a multipurpose blast warhead which is effective against buildings, bunkers and field fortifications. It can breach up to 200 mm of reinforced concrete and detonate within the structure. This multipurpose warhead is also effective against lightly armored vehicles.

   The Spike LR2 uses infrared imaging guidance. It has a new infrared seeker with a smart target tracker and artificial intelligence features. It was designed to overcome active protection systems. This missile can attack targets from the top. It can be launched in fire-and-forget mode, as well as fire-observe-and-update mode. Alternatively it can be launched in no line of sight and use 3rd party target designation using the wireless datalink.

   The Spike LR2 missile is compatible with launchers of the original Spike LR. Older launchers can also fire the LR2 missile.

   This weapon is operated by a crew of 2.

 

Variants

 

   Spike SR is a compact anti-tank guided missile. Basically it is a shortened version of the Spike LR2. It was publicly unveiled in 2012 and represents the smaller end of the Spike series.

 

 
Spike LR2 missile

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Spike LR2 missile

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