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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems & IAI - SPIKE Missile and SPYDER ADS-SR
The Spike Family consists of missiles suited for several platforms, multiple ranges and a variety of targets. The missiles in this family have sophisticated electro-optic CCD or IR sensors for operation day and night and in adverse weather conditions and a tandem warhead. Their lofted trajectories enable the warhead to hit the target at its most vulnerable part with pinpoint precision. All of the Spike Family members have a low Life Cycle Cost, due to high reliability and operational, logistic support and production commonality between members.
The Spike family is comprised of the following missile types:
Designation Max. Range Application
SPIKE-MR (Gill) 2,500m Infantry and Special Forces
SPIKE-LR 4,000m Infantry, Light Combat Vehicles
SPIKE-ER (NTD) 8,000m Infantry, LCV, Helicopters
The SPIKE-ER is a stand-alone anti-armor weapon system that is designed for mounting on various platforms, including helicopters, fast boats and combat vehicles. It can also be dismounted to a ground position and fitted onto a tripod. The compact system includes the SPIKE-ER missile in its canister, the Command Launch Unit (CLU), a thermal sight and the SPIKE-ER launcher.
SPYDER is a quick reaction, low level surface-to-air missile system designed to effectively counter attacks by aircraft, helicopters UAVs and precision guided munitions. The system provides excellent protection of valuable assets, as well as first-class defense for forces located in the combat area. The SPYDER system incorporates RAFAEL's most advanced, proven performance air-to-air missiles -- the Derby active radar (RF) missile and Python 5, a dual waveband Imaging Infra Red (IIR) missile. SPYDER missiles have full commonality with the air-to-air missile version.
SPYDER's truck-mounted Missile Firing Units (MFU) are equipped with both IIR and RF missiles. The MFU carries any combination (IIR/RF) of four missiles on a rotatable launcher assembly. The system's high mobility allows quick deployment and operational agility. The SPYDER System has 360Â° engagement capability during day or night and under all weather conditions. The SPYDER System can engage multi threats simultaneously. It has Lock-On-Before Launch (LOBL) and Lock-On-After Launch (LOAL) modes of operation. The intercept envelope of the SPYDER system spans from less than 1km to 15 km, against targets flying at altitudes between 20 m and 9,000 m.
SPYDER's highly modular structure allows simple adaptations to customers' platforms and future growth. A standard SPYDER missile battery has up to six missile firing units per battery and a command and control unit.
The truck-mounted Command and Control Unit (CCU) comprises the Elta EL/M 2106 ATAR 3D surveillance radar. The surveillance radar has advanced ECCM capabilities and can simultaneously track multi-targets. Wireless data link communication enables deployment of the MFUs at a distance from the CCU. The CCU is also capable of operating with neighbouring SPYDER air defence batteries and share information with higher echelons. This interoperability capability provides the SPYDER air defense system with high flexibility in combat situations.
SPYDER was developed in cooperation with IAI.
System's Main Features
Full commonality with RAFAEL's air/air missile
Effective against low altitude air threats
Short and medium range performance
Fire and forget or fire and update capability
Multiple target and cluster target engagements
Mobility in difficult terrain
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