Enhanced Capabilities Include Salvo Control
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will unveil the Spike NLOS 6th-generation precision missile this month at Eurosatory 2022.
The Spike family of multi-purpose, EO-guided missiles provides pinpoint precision at extended ranges, with the NLOS variant successfully engaging non-line-of-sight targets. Launched from air, land, or naval platforms, Spike NLOS provides critical real-time tactical intelligence and damage assessments, allowing it to adjust targets and abort missions midflight, and operate in both offensive and defensive scenarios.
The 6th generation, building on the exceptional operational success of the entire family, includes several new, enhanced capabilities to account for modern battlefield needs and trends. Specifically, these advanced technologies more quickly close the sensor-to-shooter loop, and more efficiently neutralise swarm attacks from standoff ranges, improving overall battlefield survivability. Some of these newer elements of the 6th-generation Spike NLOS include:
- Salvo Launch and Control Capabilities: from a single launcher, an operator can launch and control up to four missiles simultaneously, operationalising the element of surprise and creating immediate, significant effect
- System Handover and Transfer of Control: control can be transferred between battlefield platforms midflight for optimal success – eg, a helicopter launches against a high-value target but continues flying outside the threatened area – a ground vehicle in the vicinity can gain control and navigate the missile toward the target, enabling seamless collaboration and uninterrupted operational pace;
- Target Image Acquisition: Rafael’s new image-matching capabilities have been integrated, to enable swift aerial image transfers to the missile. Effective, accurate sensor-shooter closure is a critical operational need, previously conducted through transferred target coordinates. Now, target images can be matched with the missile’s video images during flight, designating a target to the appropriate operator. For the first time, the focus is the target itself, rather than its coordinates or location, enabling even greater precision attack. The ability is particularly useful when dealing with multiple targets, facilitating target prioritisation, for example, and allowing for minimal collateral damage and increased combat effectiveness;
- Extended Range: the missile can now reach extended ranges – up to 50km from a helicopter, or 32km from land and naval platforms, increasing platform survivability while not compromising accuracy, efficiency, or lethality.
“Spike NLOS serves as the foundation of the entire Spike missile family, which has achieved incredible success and been widely incorporated over the years, being operated by thirty-nine customers around the world. The NLOS [version] has evolved, and now we see its most advanced and capable model, its 6th generation […] This advanced NLOS missile demonstrates our understanding of our customers’ operational needs, and provides the best possible answer,” stated Ran Gozali, Head of the company’s Land and Naval Division.