Chilean Army carries out certification, training for operators of Rafael's Spike missile 

The skills of the operators were said to have been evaluated in different stages of the firing sequence under different scenarios, from visual or infrared surveillance to hitting the target

Photo: Ejército de Chile

The Chilean Army carried out certification and training in late March for troops operating the Spike anti-tank missile system in order to verify their level of technical knowledge and readiness, according to the Infodefensa website. The operators, who were from the Armored Infantry Battalion No. 7 Esmeralda of the 3rd Armored Brigade La Concepción, were evaluated in the different stages of the firing sequence under different scenarios, from visual or infrared surveillance to hitting the target, the report said. The Spike missile is produced by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. 

The website noted that in 2006 the Chilean Army acquired Spike LR missiles, with a range of four kilometers, and in 2014 it began receiving the ER version that can destroy targets eight kilometers away. The missiles are fired from portable launchers as well as from launchers installed on armored personnel carriers and tactical vehicles such as high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, also known as Humvees, made by US-based AM General. 

In December 2020, Israel Defense reported that the Anti-tank Missile Company of the 1st Acorazada Coraceros Brigade of the Chilean Army carried out a practical shooting exercise using the Spike missile at the Pampa Chaca Instruction and Training Field in Arica.

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