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Indian Army Successfully Tests The Spike LR Missile

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Published: November 29, 2019

Indian army successfully tests the Spike LR missile

The Indian army has successfully tested two long-range Spike anti-tank missiles from an infantry school in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. The head of the Indian army, General Bipin Rawat, and several commanders witnessed the firing of the newly acquired missiles that are expected to further increase the combat capability of the army.

What is the Spike LR missile?

Spike anti-tank missiles are a fourth-generation missile that can attack any target with precision over distances of up to 4 km. It is developed and designed by advanced defense systems Rafael de Israel. The missile is portable and has its own variants of launching vehicles and helicopters. It will strengthen the firepower capacity of the Indian army.

Background

For the past three decades (30 years), the Indian army has been using outdated second-generation missiles. In 2011, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was sent by more than 8000 missiles to Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) and the Spike missile was the only one that qualified after going through a complex acquisition process. The Ministry of Defense completed the negotiation in 2016, but the program did not see the light of day, as the government was in favor of developing the missiles indigenously through the DRDO of India. Later, to overcome the critical capacity gap and meet urgent operational requirements, the Indian army acquired a limited amount of Spike LR missiles from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel. India thus became the 33rd country in the world to have the Spike missile as part of its inventory.

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