Rafael Test-Fires SPIKE NLOS Missiles from Lightweight Launcher

The missiles were fired at ranges of over 25 kilometers from a new lightweight launcher mounted on a Tomcar light buggy

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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems on Monday unveiled footage of SPIKE NLOS (non-line of sight) precision-guided missiles test-launched from a Tomcar light vehicle.

The missiles, known in Israel as Tamuz 5, were fired at a range of over 25 kilometers from a newly-revealed lightweight launcher that features a total of 8 missiles and can be mounted on light SUVs. Due to its light weight and small size, the launch platform can be airlifted and dropped deep inside enemy territory.

Zvi M., Head of Rafael’s Tactical Precision Weapon Systems Directorate said this new launcher will enhance ground forces’ precise stand-off capabilities for low-signature operations in a variety of operational scenarios and requirements.

“Rafael continues to develop capabilities and systems at the edge of technology, which provide forces with increased maneuverability and precision in different combat environments, and advantage over the enemy," M. stated.

SPIKE NLOS is part of Rafael’s Spike family of tactical, accurate electro-optical missiles for ranges of up to 30 kilometers that can be fired from a variety of platforms on land, in the air or at sea. These multi-mission missiles are capable of destructing a wide range of targets, including ones beyond the line of sight.

In the experiment, a number of missiles were fired at different ranges, at different attack angles, according to the different scenarios and target types. The Spike missile family has already been sold to 31 militaries worldwide, including the IDF, and some 30,000 missiles have been delivered to date.

 

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