a member of the SPIKE Family of fourth generation multi-purpose,
multi-platform electro-optic guided missiles offers autonomous
as well as 'man-in-the-loop' day, night and adverse weather
operation. The SPIKE Family
is comprised of missiles for a variety of ranges (2.5-8 km)
and warheads and is designed for use by infantry, on vehicles,
helicopters and naval platforms.
SPIKE-LR's basic mode of operation is Fire and Forget, however
an advanced fiber-optic data link provides the added benefit
of Fire, Observe and Update operation, enabling the operator
to change the direction of the missile after launch, thereby
increasing precision and minimizing collateral damage. The SPIKE
system is specially designed for all types of conflicts, ensuring
maximum survivability for its operator.
At present, sales
of SPIKE systems amount to over a billion dollars and have been
sold and are operational in many countries including Israel,
The Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Romania, Finland, Singapore,
Czech Republic, some South American countries and others.
More details of the recent Spanish procurement reported by
Defense Update in November
2006 were released January
11, 2007, with the announcement of formal contract between
General Dynamics Santa Barbara Systems of Spain and the Israel's
RAFAEL. Spain evaluated the Spike LR against the US Javelin
and European Milan-ER. The new missiles offering will replace
outdated Milan and Dragon missiles currently in service.
According to the contract, the Israeli company will supply
its Spanish counterpart with 2,600 SPIKE-LR missile and 260
launchers, for a total value of over US$400 million. General
Dynamics Santa Barbara Systems is the prime contractor for the
$425 million, eight year program. Approximately 60 percent of
the program work will be completed in Spain, where General Dynamics
Santa Barbara Sistemas will manufacture system components and
perform final assembly and testing. Deliveries are expected
to start in 2008.