Royal Thai Army takes delivery of Israeli Rafael SPIKE MR anti-tank missile systems
According to a press release published on December 28, 2020, Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announces that the Royal Thailand Army (RTA) has recently received a supply of Rafael's SPIKE MR anti-tank missiles and launchers following the procurement of the missile system earlier this year.
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Euro-Spike MR anti-tank missile on display during Finnish Defence Forces 2014 Flag day in Lappeenranta Rakuunanmäki. (Picture source Wikimedia)
The RTA (Royal Thai Army) selected the SPIKE MR (Medium Range) variant after a process of evaluation and procured its first lot of missiles and launchers designated for its 6th infantry division.
SPIKE MR is an electro-optical Fire & Forget missile with a maximum firing range of 2.5 km. It is part of the wider SPIKE missile family, which consists of 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 tests and in combat. SPIKE missiles have been integrated onto 45 different vehicular, helicopter, and naval platforms.
Mr. Roman Palarya, director of marketing and business development at Rafael's Precision Tactical Weapon Systems directorate: "We are very proud that the Royal Thai Army has selected the SPIKE missile. SPIKE has been in use in Asia for more than 20 years, and the selection of the SPIKE Missile by the RTA strengthens the SPIKE Missile user base in Asia."