EUROSPIKE, a joint venture of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Diehl Defence and Rheinmetall, has signed a framework agreement, valued at €40 million, with the Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the supply of SPIKE LR anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), launchers and associated maintenance and training. The contract includes both the ICLU (Integrated Control Launch Units) launchers and live SPIKE rounds.
SPIKE is a precise, multi-platform, multi-mission and multi-range electro-optical missile family, with capabilities including fire-and-forget as well as fire, observe and update, allowing for the engagement of hidden targets. Estonia becomes the 32nd user nation for SPIKE – the 19th NATO/EU user. To date, over 30,000 SPIKE missiles have been delivered globally and over 5,500 have been fired – both in training and in operations. Missile and launcher commonality between nations enables joint procurement, joint management of inventory and joint maintenance where appropriate: European production makes SPIKE a truly European weapons family.
“This procurement by Estonia follows recent SPIKE missile contracts [from] other Baltic states – Latvia and Lithuania – and it creates common ATGM capabilities within the Baltic nations, enabling the missile to serve with interoperability, [supporting] future cross-Baltic mutual support,” commented EUROSPIKE Managing Director, Günter Lauer.