Rafael’s SPIKE Missile Fired from Oshkosh JLT in Estonia Demo

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Rafael’s SPIKE Missile Fired from Oshkosh JLT in Estonia Demo
SPIKE NLOS missile fired from Oshkosh JLTV

Rafael and Oshkosh Defense have completed a live firing of Rafael's SPIKE NLOS (Non-Line-Of-Sight) missile from an Oshkosh JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle).

SPIKE NLOS 32 km-range missile, with high accuracy achieved by  a navigation system and lethal warheads capable of destroying a wide range of targets.

The demonstration, hosted by Estonian Navy, took place in Saaremaa Island, Estonia, in front of representatives from 14 countries, including Spike-user NATO countries, and senior members of Estonia's defense ministry and armed forces.

The demo included a live firing of two SPIKE NLOS missiles from a launcher mounted on the Oshkosh JLTV. The missiles was fired towards a beyond-line-of-sight two different naval targets with different size and characteristics located at sea, both targets were destroyed.

The demo displayed the SPIKE NLOS missile's unique capabilities, addressing modern coastal protection challenges and a large variety of targets, either at sea or on land and dense marine traffic. Unlike laser-guided or active radar munitions, the SPIKE NLOS electro-optical guidance is completely passive and is capable of operation in a GPS-denied environments.

The SPIKE NLOS enables positive visual target identification and precision strike at extended ranges and beyond-line-of-sight against marine targets (landing craft, corvettes, commando RIBs etc.), and on land - tanks and armored vehicles either at amphibious state or on shore, infantry, forward command posts and more. It has a bi-directional datalink, enabling full control of the missile from launch up to target hit with pinpoint precision that is not affected by range.

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