Rafael test-launches precision-guided missile from light vehicle in Israel

February 8, 2019

Feb. 7 (UPI) — Israel’s defense contractor, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has released video of a test of precision-guided SPIKE NLOS missiles launched from a Tomcar light-vehicle launcher.

The missiles, known in Israel as Tamuz 5, were fired from a new lightweight buggy that features eight missiles and can be mounted on light SUVs, Army Technology reported. The launch platform can be airlifted and dropped deep inside enemy territory because they weigh less than 3,000 pounds, according to the company

Missiles were fired at different ranges and attack angles, with high precision and without the use of GPS, from an undisclosed location and date.

“This new launcher will enhance ground forces’ precise stand-off capabilities for low-signature operations in a variety of operational scenarios and requirements,” Zvi M., head of Rafael’s Tactical Precision Weapon Systems Directorate, said in a statement obtained by Israel Defense. “Rafael continues to develop advanced, tailor-made solutions to afford forces increased maneuverability and effective fire-power to overcome battlefield challenges and achieve optimal mission results.”

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