Greece purchases Israeli Spike NLOS anti-tank missiles

Israel has signed a 1.44-billion new Israeli shekel ($400 million) deal with Greece to provide Spike anti-tank systems.

The Greek government earlier approved the purchase of 17 Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) missile systems for Hellenic Army anti-armor units for $293 million.

The Rafael systems include 340 missiles.

Athens also approved the purchase of 100 Spike NLOS missiles for the AH-64A Apache helicopters of the Hellenic Army Air Corps for $49 million.

“This project joins a series of agreements between the State of Israel and the Hellenic Republic, and further emphasizes the strong partnership between our countries and our defense establishments, as well as our mutual commitment to ensuring regional stability,” The Times of Israel quoted Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant as saying.

“The Spike missiles will strengthen the Greek army’s portfolio of operational tools and we expect further expansion through strategic collaborations in the near future,” Rafael CEO Yoav Har-Even added.

Rafael unveiled the sixth-generation Spike NLOS in 2022. 

The multi-purpose, electro-optical/infrared missile system can be integrated with ground, air, and maritime platforms.

The latest version of the Spike has a range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) from a helicopter and 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the ground.

The system can launch a salvo of four missiles simultaneously and switch system control to another platform for task completion.

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