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Indian Air Force Gets Israeli Spike Missiles

Indian Air Force (IAF) received air-launched Israeli Spike Non Line of Sight (NLOS) Anti-Tank Guided Missiles(ATGM) from Israel which can hit targets upto 50 km from a helicopter and 32 km from the ground. The NLOS missiles will be integrated with the fleet of Russian-origin Mi-17V5 helicopters, manufactured by Kazan Helicopters.

Key features of Spike Non Line of Sight (NLOS) missiles:

  • It was designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
  • It is available in various configurations, including man-portable, vehicle-launched, and helicopter-launched variants.
  • Utilizes a fire-and-forget system with lock-on before launch and automatic self- guidance features.
  • The long and extended range versions of the Spike introduce the “Fire, Observe and Update” operating mode.
  • Air-launched SPIKE NLOS ATGMs are capable of executing precise strikes against ground targets from standoff distances.
  • Demonstrates the ability to inflict significant damage to enemy tank regiments and effectively halt their advances.
  • It has the highest level of survivability due to stand-off range and passive guidance.
  • It enables the handling of Anti-access/area denial (A2AD) targets

Increased production of missiles through “Make-in-India”:

A limited quantity of Spike NLOS ATGMs has been placed on order. There is intent to produce a more substantial amount of these missiles through the “Make-in-India” approach.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Israel Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu;
  • Israel President: Isaac Herzog;
  • Israel Capital: Jerusalem;
  • Israel Currency: New Israeli Shekel (NIS).

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