Greece To Buy Spike-NLOS Anti-tank Guided Missile Systems From Israel
Negotiations between Greece and Israel for Spike-NLOS anti-tank guided missile programs, addressing the wants of the Hellenic Navy and Air Pressure, have reportedly reached a important level. The Greek every day Ekathimerini reported that the everlasting director normal of the Israeli Ministry of Protection is anticipated to reach in Athens early subsequent week with a view to finalize or indefinitely defer discussions on the programs, price round €400 million, that will be put in on Apache helicopters of the Hellenic Air Pressure, on Navy gunboats and presumably on boats of the Particular Forces.
Spike is an Israeli fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charge high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. As of 2007, it’s in its fourth technology. It was developed and designed by the Israeli firm Rafael Superior Protection Techniques. It’s obtainable in man-portable, vehicle-launched, and helicopter-launched variants. he reusable Command & launch unit (CLU), battery, tripod and the thermal sight are frequent of the Spike missile household, every weighing 5 kg (11 lb), 1 kg (2.2 lb), 2.8 kg (6.2 lb), and 4 kg (8.8 lb) respectively.
“Non Line Of Sight” is an extremely long-range model of the weapon, with a claimed most vary of 25 km (16 mi). It’s a considerably bigger missile than different Spike variants, with an general weight of round 70 kg (150 lb). It may be launched from the bottom or from helicopters. The primary variants entered service with the Israel Protection Forces (IDF) in tandem with the Pereh missile service in 1981, although the existence of each was not revealed to the general public till 2011. The Spike NLOS makes use of a fiber optic hyperlink just like different Spike variations, however solely out to eight km, after which it employs a radio knowledge hyperlink for command steering.
In 2020 the US Military introduced its intention to obtain Spike NLOS missiles to be mounted on Apache helicopters. A check was performed in March 2021 the place an AH-64E fired a Spike NLOS at a goal 32 km (20 mi) away and scored a direct hit. In June 2022, Rafael unveiled the Spike NLOS sixth technology with vary elevated to 50 kilometres (31 mi), a salvo characteristic which might launch as much as 4 missiles at a time, and the flexibility at hand over management after firing to a different platform. It additionally has a Goal Picture Acquisition functionality that may prioritize vital targets for strike, and will be carried by strategic UAVs within the Heron-TP-class.
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