BAE Systems and Rafael have successfully tested the Spike-LR (long-range) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) on the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle, showcasing its capabilities and providing insight into the system’s efficacy prior to entering Australian service as part of LAND 400 Phase 2.
This advancement further diversifies the CV90’s operational capabilities on the battlefield by enabling indirect fire at long distances or at air targets, boosting the vehicle’s lethality while increasing crew safety.
The testing, which took place in difficult arctic conditions, used a Rafael Advanced Defence Systems’ Spike-LR (long-range) missile mounted on a BAE Systems Hägglunds’ CV90 to defeat a target at more than 2,000 metres.
The exercise marks the first time an integrated version of an anti-tank guided missile has been launched from the CV90.
It also demonstrates the platform’s versatility to perform a wide range of missions, and shows the CV90 can easily adapt to new technologies for meeting current and future customer needs.
Dan Lindell, CV90 platform director at BAE Systems Hägglunds, said, “This integrated anti-tank capability confirms that the CV90 is a true benchmark when it comes to expanding a family of multi-mission armoured fighting vehicles.”
The December testing took place in northern Sweden in below-freezing temperatures with heavy snowfall and low visibility.
“This new capability can alter the battlefield dynamic and is yet another example of how the CV90’s already superior mobility and survivability allows the warfighter to pack an even heavier punch in any terrain or weather conditions, and at any time on any battlefield,” Lindell said.
The long-range missile testing is yet another recent example of improved lethality on the CV90.
BAE Systems is currently executing a Swedish government contract to provide a mortar variant of the CV90 called Mjölner that adds greater mobility to close indirect fire support.
“We fully appreciate Rafael and their Spike team for working with us to demonstrate this important capability and look forward to continuing our collaboration to provide present and future customers with this powerful addition to the CV90’s lethality suite,” Lindell added.
Former defence and defence industry minister Christopher Pyne confirmed that Spike-LR would provide Australia's Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles with their anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) capabilities in mid-2018.
Under project LAND 400 Phase 2, Defence will acquire 211 Rheinmetall Boxer CRV, which will provide vital mobility, lethality and protection for the Australian Army. The Boxer will be manufactured in Queensland, creating up to 1,450 jobs across the supply chain.
The Spike was selected after an independent comparative evaluation of potential missile options for the vehicle was conducted by the Defence Science and Technology Group.
The missile will offer long-range, light weight, high resistance to countermeasures and higher technical maturity in the anti-tank role.