Photo Credit: courtesy, Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems
Samson and Spike in action.

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems defense contractor has announced the development of a fifth generation “Spike” missile.

The multi-purpose projectile can be fired from a vehicle, a helicopter, a ship or from ground launchers.

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It weighs in at just 12.7 kilograms and includes two different warhead configurations.

The missile has a range of five and a half kilometers when it’s fired from a ground launcher and up to 10 kilometers when fired from a helicopter.

The new Spike missile is to make its world debut in June at the Paris Air Show.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.