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Gil / Spike / NT-Dandy

Gil/Spike, Rafael's new anti-tank missile, is one example of a weapon system that is promoted by the army to foreign clients. Rafael has developed a "family" of four new anti-tank missiles.

The Family NT (Nun Tet - antitank) is now called Spike with the versions Spike-SR (short range - Gill), Spike-MR (medium range - Spike) and Spike-LR (long range - Dandy). By late 2002 the Spike family members included: Spike SR; Spike MR (formerly Gill); Spike LR; and Spike ER (formerly NT-D). RAFAEL's SPIKE family of missiles is in full production and is being continually upgraded to maintain its superiority in the international defence arena.

Family NT (Nun Tet - antitank) manufactured by the Israeli company Rafael entered in operation in Israel Defense Force (IDF) in 1997 in preliminary versions and entered in commercial production in 1998. It has already been used in combat. Rafael unveiled the Gil at the Paris air show in June 1999. The Spike was declassified by the Israeli Army in 1999 and the NT-Dandy joined its two smaller versions on the global arms market in November 1999.

The Gil is now deployed by Israeli troops in the south and is being marketed to the UK, the US, the Netherlands and Germany. The Spike is also in service with the Singapore Armed Forces. In May 2000, the Finnish Army selected the Gil/Spike system to meet its requirement for a medium-range ATGW system to equip its high-readiness brigades. The missile is in direct competition with the US Javelin and two systems developed by Euromissile: the TRIGAT medium-range missile and the Milan 3.

Foreign companies that were fiercely competing to win the contract for Turkey's multi-billion-dollar attack helicopter co-production project will be required to supply precision-guided missiles, guns and aerial rockets to equip the aircraft. The missiles that the five competing companies are offering to Turkey were as follows: Hellfire missiles by two U.S. companies, Boeing (AH-64D Apache Longbow) and Bell Helicopter-Textron (AH-IZ King Cobra); NTD-81 mm, similar to Hellfires, by Italy's Agusta (A129-I); Trigat (not in production) by France's Eurocopter (Tiger); and NT-Dandy by Russia's Kamov, which is competing jointly with Israel's IAI (KA-50/52-Erdogan).

In 2014, India chose the Spike missiles over the Javelin missiles offered by Washington, as the US government was not amenable to transfer of technology. Spike missiles underwent trials in 2011-12. The ministry accepted the trial evaluation in 2013 and gave clearance for procuring from a single vendor. The ministry agreed in October 2014 to procure the missiles from Rafael. In November 2017 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) decided to cancel the $500 million deal for Spike ATGM with Israel. The deal, seen as another proof of growing Indo-Israel defence cooperation, was expected to be signed after price negotiations with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel were completed in 2016. Instead, the MoD asked the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to indigenously develop and produce a Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Army, consistent with Prime Minister Modi's "Make in India" campaign.

Arguing for Spike, the Army headquarters had highlighted the operational urgency of the equipment, arguing that the Spike gives a major capability impetus to troops deployed on the Line of Control, especially in the current operational scenario.

In January 2018 New Delhi officially cancelled a $500-million (Rs 3,177 crore) deal to buy 1,600 Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israeli state-owned defence company Rafael Advanced Defence Systemsl as the DRDO was working on creating its own anti-tank guided weapon.

Rafael regrets the decision and remains committed to cooperating with the Indian Ministry of Defence and to its strategy of continuing to work in India, an important market, as it has for more than two decades, to provide India with the most advanced and innovative systems, the company said.

The Spike-ER II, a fifth-generation missile unveiled in 2018, contains improvements and innovations in previous Spike missiles and can be launched at targets at ranges of 10 kilometers on land and 16 kilometers by air. The Spike-ER II is a tactical electro-optical precision multi-purpose missile that can be launched from all the existing Spike missile launchers. Rafael says that its advanced warhead gives it a high penetration capability for a broad range of targets. Rafael says that a communications channel based on wireless radio makes it possible to optimize the missile's energy capabilities while extending its flight range.

The new missile is equipped with an innovative double homing head containing a thermal sensor that facilitates location of targets at long ranges. A special target tracker has been installed on the missile that makes it possible to fuse information in real time and track targets on a smoke-filled battlefield. These capabilities enable the missile to detect and destroy concealed targets. The Spike is regarded as one of the world's best anti-tank missiles. Rafael says that 30 armies are already equipped with it. The company has sold 30,000 Spikes of various types to date. The IDF uses the Spike, which it calls the Gil.

The Australian government in September 2018 that it had decided to procure Rafael's Spike-LR II missiles, which would be installed on the new Boxer vehicles used by the Australian army.

Designation Max. Range Application
SPIKE-SR 800m Infantry
SPIKE-MR (Gill) 2,500m Infantry and Special Forces
SPIKE-LR 4,000m Infantry, Light Combat Vehicles
SPIKE-ER (NTD) 8,000m Infantry, LCV, Helicopters

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