Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $138,916,495 cost-plus-fixed-fee different transaction settlement for federation, testing, and person operational assessments of the Spike non-line-of-sight missile system. Lockheed Martin has teamed with Israeli type Rafael Superior Protection Programs Ltd. to supply the weapon system to U.S. clients. Bids had been solicited by way of the web with one obtained. Work will likely be carried out in Orlando, Florida; and Haifa, Israel, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 30, 2025. Fiscal 2021 plane procurement, Military funds for $25,048,867 had been obligated on the time of the award. U.S. Military Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting exercise.

The Overseas Comparative Testing (FCT) Program assisted the Future Vertical Raise Cross-Purposeful Crew (FVL CFT) and the U.S. Military Fight Capabilities Improvement Command Aviation and Missile Heart to accumulate, take a look at, and consider a promising overseas Israeli know-how, the SPIKE Non-Line of Sight missile. The trouble concerned buying, incorporating the system on the airframe, and firing the SPIKE NLOS missile from a U.S. Military AH-64E Apache helicopter at Yuma Proving Floor, Arizona, in August 2019. The SPIKE NLOS missile was included onto a U.S. Apache helicopter and launched throughout a live-fire demonstration at YPG. Showcasing the ecosystem allowed Military aviation to exhibit the attain, vary, and lethality of each the Apache with SPIKE and the long run FARA will LRPM.


SPIKE Non-Line of Sight missile mounted on a U.S. Military AH-64E Apache helicopter.

The demonstration included different steps – buying the missiles, incorporating the SPIKE system onto the Apache helicopter, acquiring import and export licenses, conducting electrical and mechanical airworthiness validations, flying the plane from Fort Eustis, Virginia, to Yuma, Arizona, and conducting a hazard evaluation and danger evaluation. Earlier than the demonstration at Yuma, the SPIKE NLOS missile was launched in Israel utilizing Israeli Apache helicopters. The Israeli live-fire occasion was essential to tell LRPM capabilities; it additionally was the primary time U.S. army aviators fired the ordnance from an Israeli helicopter. The demonstration was performed by aviators from the 82nd and twenty fifth Fight Aviation Brigades.

Spike is an Israeli fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile with a tandem-charge HEAT warhead, presently in its fourth technology. It was developed and designed by the Israeli firm Rafael Superior Protection Programs. It’s obtainable in man-portable, vehicle-launched, and helicopter-launched variants. “Non-Line Of Sight” is an ultra-long-range model of the weapon (Tamuz), with a claimed most vary of 25 kilometers (16 miles). It’s a considerably bigger missile than different Spike variants, with an general weight of round 70 kg (154 lb 5 oz). It may be launched from the bottom or in helicopters. It was developed following classes discovered within the Yom Kippur Struggle, which confirmed a necessity for a high-precision guided tactical ground-to-ground battlefield missile.

 SPIKE Non-Line of Sight missile mounted on a U.S. Army AH-64E Apache helicopter.
SPIKE Non-Line of Sight missile mounted on a U.S. Military AH-64E Apache helicopter.