Rafael on Friday unveiled its Spike-ER2, a fifth-generation multipurpose precision-guided missile system, an enhanced, stand-off version of 170 mm Spike-ER, with a new extended range of 9.94 miles and other capability augmentations.
Spike is an Israeli man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile.
This new, fifth-generation version of the Spike-ER multipurpose precision-guided missile system, will equip attack helicopters, combat vehicles, and small boats. The Spike ER2 is an upgrade of the 5-mile range Spike ER missile. The Spike ER2 missile also includes a new RF datalink variant to maximize the missile’s energetic range for enhanced stand-off launch from rotary platforms, enabling its 10-mile range.
It also contains an advanced seeker with high-resolution infra-red and day sensors for extended range target acquisition, and a multispectral target tracker, enabling sensory data fusion.
Rafael will offer the Spike-ER2 with an extended fiber-optic data link option for naval and land operations. The new Spike-ER2 retains the same weight, airframe, surface geometries, and propulsion unit as the Spike-ER. Each missile weighs 75 lbs, the launchers weigh 66 and 55 121 lbs respectively for the vehicle and air-launched versions.
Penetration is around 39 inches of rolled homogeneous armor (RHR). That’s a lot of armor.