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In late August, teams from Rafael and EuroSpike – the Rafael/Diehl/Rheinmetall joint venture – completed the installation of a SPIKE Team Trainer (STT) for the Latvian armed forces.

The STT provides SPIKE LR2 and SPIKE SR gunners, squad and section commanders with fully-simulated battlefield training, improving both gunnery and C2 proficiency levels, leading the gunner through all stages of the firing sequence from VIS or IR surveillance of a simulated image up to target impact.

The STT can simulate real-time battle management challenges, such as command and control of multiple launchers, exploiting synergy between observation and fire positions and in handling different scenarios. The STT uniquely simulates various environmental and seasonal scenarios on a real terrain database, with varying visibility conditions, and can be developed and adjusted to meet specific requirements, such as real threat analysis, fighting doctrine and expected enemy course-of-action.

The training offers SPIKE platoons a full cycle of mission planning, mission execution and detailed debriefing based on the data collected during the scenario, which is fully documented (including video, audio and radio recordings), allowing optimal post-mission analysis.

SPIKE LR2 is a 5th-generation multipurpose missile with an enhanced engagement range of 5.5km. Weighing only 13kg, it offers enhanced lethality, advanced target tracking capabilities, and a new network-enabled third-party target allocation enhancement with an embedded inertial measurement unit (IMU) assembly.

SPIKE SR is a company-level light, shoulder-launched disposable fire-and-forget missile with a 2km range. Weighing only 10kg, and with a dual seeker, it allows manoeuvring infantry to acquire and engage fast-moving targets at short range, thanks to its advanced tracker.

The Latvian SPIKE Team Trainer (STT) is an advanced training facility which enables training of three different SPIKE variants - the SPIKE LR (Long Range), the 5th-generation SPIKE LR2 and the SPIKE SR. The installed training facility will allow the Latvian Army to both qualify and sustain a high level of current and future generation SPIKE gunners and commanders, [providing them with] advanced and significant antitank capabilities,” suggested Gal Papier, Head of Marketing at Rafael’s Precision Tactical Weapon Systems directorate.

The SPIKE Team Trainer as installed in Latvia. (Photo: Rafael)

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