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MOD Bats for Israeli Spike Anti Tank Missile

Published Dec 14, 2019
Updated Feb 05, 2020

Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in a written reply to Shri C.N. Annadurai in Lok Sabha said that the order has been placed for procurement of Anti Tank Spike Missiles from Israel. A suitable number of Missiles and allied systems have been procured to meet operational requirement of the Indian Army.

Describing the system the ministry said, Spike Long Range (LR) Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) system is a man portable 4th Generation system which can engage targets in both Fire & Forget and Fire, Observe & Update mode, thus enhancing the operational flexibility and crew survivability. Dual mode seeker of the system allows precise engagement both during day and night. The system also has Top Attack capability to enhance the lethality of the missile against tank targets.

Israel, Germany, Spain are among the other users of 4th Generation Spike LR ATGM system. As per available inputs in open source, China has developed a 3rd Generation ATGM System while Pakistan does not have such a capability yet said the Minister in his reply.

Spike ATGM is a direct competitor for the DRDO developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM).

MPATGM is incorporated with advanced features including state-of-the-art Imaging Infrared Radar (IIR) Seeker with integrated avionics.

DRDO has assured delivery of the MPATGM by 2021 thus the Ministry of Defence has cancelled the plan to import 8,000 ‘Spike’ ATGM missiles and 300 launchers from Israel a second time with the first cancellation being in January 2018. This time it is believed that the government-to-government deal for purchasing 5,000 Spike ATGMs from Israel has been cancelled.

The MPATGM is preferred over the Spike-MR which has missile weight of 14 kg (30 lb 14 oz), its minimum range is 200 m, while its maximum range is 2,500 m (1.6 mi) and is used by the infantry and special forces as per the Wikipedia.

The Indian Army continues to be sceptical of timely delivery by the DRDO, thus it appears that an order for Spike missiles has been placed.

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