Rafael has won an order from an Asian client armed force, valued at $200 million (€164 million) for SPICE 2000 air-to-surface missiles, SPIKE anti-tank missiles and BNET advanced communication systems, the company announced on 23 December.

SPICE is a family of stand-off, autonomous, air-to-ground weapon systems that strike targets with pinpoint accuracy and at high attack volumes, independently of GPS navigation, based on autonomous electro-optic scene-matching artificial intelligence algorithms. Combat proven with the Israeli and other air forces, the family consists of the SPICE-250, SPICE-1000, and SPICE variants, with ranges of up to 100km.

The SPIKE family comprises five variants (SR, MR, LR2, ER2, NLOS) of electro-optical, multi-purpose, multi-platform missiles, with ranges of up to 32km and fire-and-update capabilities. To date, SPIKE has been sold to 35 countries, including 19 NATO nations, with over 33,000 missiles already supplied and more than 6,000 fired in test and combat. SPIKE missiles have been integrated onto 45 different vehicular, helicopter and naval platforms.

The contract includes the BNET system, a family of advanced Broadband IP MANET [Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork] software-defined radios for tactical operations, supporting digital battlefield needs with high-speed, low delay, reliable connectivity for data, voice and video on-the-move.

SPIKE-ER mounted on HMMWV. (Photo via Rafael)

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