US Army to Test-Fire Spike NLOS Missiles from Apache Helicopter

AH-64E Apache helicopters (US Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade)

The US Army will hold a demonstration later this month to determine if it can fire Rafael Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles from US helicopters, Jane’s reported.

The service is set to conduct experiments at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, as a response to army validated operational needs statements and help identify “capabilities supporting the Future Vertical Lift [FVL] ecosystem,” according to the FVL Cross Functional Team (CFT).

As part of the upcoming demonstration, the army will use a Boeing AH-64E Apache aircraft to conduct the Spike NLOS demo.

“The demo will determine whether Spike can be fired from a US aircraft and inform future munition and air-launched effects requirements for multi-domain operations,” the Army told Jane's.

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