Israeli army will acquire new Rafael Mini Spike man portable electro-optical missile system 2008122

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Monday, August 20, 2012, 10:18 AM
 
Israeli army will acquire the new Rafael Mini Spike man portable electro-optical missile system.
The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is in the first phase of acquiring Rafael’s new Mini-Spike. The smallest member of Rafael’s family of Spike missiles, the new system weighs 4 kg. At the defence exhibition of Paris, Eurosatory 2012, the Israeli Company Rafael unveiled the MINI Spike, a man portable, multi-purpose miniature electro-optical missile weapon system.
     
The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is in the first phase of acquiring Rafael’s new Mini-Spike. The smallest member of Rafael’s family of Spike missiles, the new system weighs 4 kg. At the defence exhibition of Paris, Eurosatory 2012, the Israeli Company Rafael unveiled the MINI Spike, a man portable, multi-purpose miniature electro-optical missile weapon system.
Rafael Mini Spike launcher unit training system at defence exhibition in Paris, Eurosatory 2012.
     

MINI SPIKE is the smallest and most light member of the SPIKE FAMILY. The Missile Weapon System includes an advanced miniature control launch unit (MICLU) and a miniaturized state of the art Elect optical precision attack wireless guided missile.

To fire, the operator places the launcher close by and guides the missile to its target. With a range of 1.5 km, the missile is intended to hit infantry soldiers within a structure or shelter. Mini-Spike can also be used to hit targets at ranges of several hundred meters with considerable flexibility and accuracy, and is especially suitable for urban combat environments that don’t have armored targets.

The Mini-Spike is 70 cm in length and 75 mm in diameter. Each soldier can carry four missiles with a special carrier, and the soldier carrying the launch and control system can carry an additional two missiles.

While this version of the missile is intended to hit human targets, it is likely that in the future, other missiles will be developed for other types of targets.

 

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