Israeli defense contractor Rafael said Monday that the Estonian Defense Forces conducted a demonstration of SPIKE SR (Short Range) missiles in September, with each missile fired hitting its target.
During the demonstration, the EDF fired two SPIKE SR missiles, with both making direct hits. In addition to the firing of live rounds, the EDF activated the weapon system's different training modes as well as evaluated both the SPIKE SR's portability and the tandem HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) warheads that can penetrate advanced modern armor and allow a stand-off range of 2000m. The event attended by several European delegations was preceded by brief instruction of the EDF on the operation of the weapon.
The missile made by joint venture EuroSpike is part of the wider, multi-platform, multi-purpose, multi-range SPIKE family of electro-optical missiles. It is an advanced, shoulder-launched guided missile designed for modern infantry warfare. The advantages of the SPIKE SR include a weight of only 10kg, operational simplicity, and an enhanced range of 2000 meters. Its ease-of-use allows the lower echelon infantry to quickly learn how to operate the weapon and use it effectively with almost no continuous training, Rafael says. EuroSpike is a joint venture between Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Diehl Defence and Rheinmettal Defence.
In September 2019, the Estonian MoD signed a 40 million euro framework agreement with EuroSpike for the supply of SPIKE LR ATGMs, launchers and associated maintenance and training. The contract included Integrated Control Launch Unit launchers and live SPIKE rounds. Estonia is one of 35 countries using the SPIKE missile, and one of 19 in the EU and NATO. More than 33,000 SPIKE missiles have been supplied around the world, with over 5,500 fired in both training and combat.
A video of the demonstration of the SPIKE SR can be seen here.