Rheinmetall conducts firing tests with KF41 armored IFV firing Spike missile

According to a video published by the German company Rheinmetall on July 6, 2022, Rheinmetall has demonstrated the integration of the Israeli Spike Anti-tank guided missile on a KF41 Lynx tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) turret by performing live firing tests.
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Rheinmetall KF41 tracked armored IFV firing Spike anti-tank guided missile. (Picture source Rheinmetall Defense)

Rheinmetall’s Lynx KF41 tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) demonstrates pinpoint accuracy by engaging a distant target with the integrated Spike Anti-Tank-Guided-Missile (ATGM). Integration of this hit capability testifies to the maturity and effectiveness of the most modern tracked infantry fighting vehicle in the world. Looking at a long history of systems integration, Rheinmetall is prepared to equip its platforms with the latest ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) technologies as they become available.

The KF41 is the latest generation of IFV designed and developed by the German company Rheinmetall. The vehicle was unveiled in June 2018 at Eurosatory 2018 in two configurations: IFV and Command Post. As of May 2020, Rheinmetall had confirmed the company had proposed the Lynx to meet requirements in Australia, the Czech Republic, and the United States. In September 2020, Hungary’s government signed an agreement worth over 2 billion euros with German defense company Rheinmetall to purchase 218 Lynx KF41 tracked armored combat vehicles.

The IFV variant of the KF41 is fitted with a Lance 2.0 turret featuring enhanced protection for critical subsystems against kinetic and fragmentation threats, improving system survivability during close combat. The turret can be armed with 30 or 35mm automatic cannon and one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

The KF41 lance turret can be configured in manned and unmanned versions operated from work stations within the hull rear. The Lynx turret could also integrate loitering munitions to be used as an anti-tank weapon or anti-tank guided missile system such as the Israeli Spike missile launcher station.

The Spike is a family of fourth-generation ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) developed and designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. it is a fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile and anti-personnel missile equipped with a tandem-charge HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) warhead.

The Spike has been developed in different configurations including the Spike-SR, Spike-MR, Spike-LR, Spike-LR II, and Spike-ER. The latest generation of Spike missiles has a maximum firing range of 10,000 m. The Spike-LR is able to penetrate more than 700 mm of steel armor behind Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA).