The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has awarded Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd a contract to supply more than 1,000 SPIKE LR 2, fifth generation electro-optical, precision guided missiles.
This substantial production order of SPIKE LR 2 for the IDF will kick-start the SPIKE LR 2 Missile production earlier than expected.
Rafael has offered the advanced SPIKE LR 2 to the Australian Army as part of the LAND 400 Phase 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) program.
Rafael’s offer to Australia includes a comprehensive in-country production and a through life support program, being developed in partnership with Varley Group, one of Australia’s oldest engineering and manufacturing companies, with facilities throughout Australia.
The SPIKE LR 2 has a range of 5.5 kilometres when fired from ground launchers (an increase of over 35 per cent from the 4-kilometre range of the original SPIKE LR) and up to 10 kilometres when fired from a helicopter (using the RF Data Link).
Moshe Elazar, executive vice president and head of Rafael's land and naval systems division, said "Procurement of SPIKE LR 2 by the IDF continues the long legacy of SPIKE Missile employment by the IDF and signifies the trust and appreciation the IDF holds for the performance of the SPIKE family. We are proud to contribute to Israel's defence through our excellent systems and are happy to begin the LR 2 production with this important customer."
The IDF is a long-time operational user of the SPIKE Missile Family. The SPIKE LR 2’s connectivity through the IDF's network of sensors and effectors will enhance overall force capabilities.
The IDF's LR 2 procurement complements the IDF’s fielding of the Integrated Control Launch Unit, which is the new digital networked launchers that provides improved tactical connectivity for third party target allocation.
Rafael recently partnered with Australia's Bisalloy Steels, a partnership that will see the Australian high-tensile and abrasion-resistant quenched and tempered steel plate manufacturer join Rafael's extensive international supply chain.
General manager of Rafael Australia Ido Spitzer said, "We are very proud to be able to work with such a well-renowned and proven Australian steel company. We have chosen Bisalloy as they are internationally competitive in terms of price, quality and performance."
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The company added that successful trials of Bisalloy’s armour plating will result in a major export contract.