Improve the army’s counter-armor skills with Spike LR2-Noticias

The need to improve the anti-tank capabilities of the Spanish Army (ET), currently supported by the firing points of the TOW and SPIKE systems, as well as the C90 and C100 disposable rocket launchers from Instalaza, will soon encourage various actions to be complemented with others. We know that the integration of the Spike LR (Long Range) shot point into the TOA M113 tracked armored units has just been completed, a task where the performance of Segovia’s Armored Systems Park and Maintenance Center n2 was fundamental. No fewer than 55 of these Spike LR system armored carriers will be introduced in 2021 and 2022. All terrain mobility is thus given to the throwers who accompany other motorized and mechanized forces to aid their progress.

In addition, we are aware of other important news. From official sources of the Legion we have learned that two non-commissioned officers of the X Company of the VIIIth Flag of the 3rd Third Don Juan de Austria participated in the first training of instructors by the Rafael Company in the Infantera Academy of Toledo , with the aim of powering a new model of anti-tank system. The equipment in question is the Spike LR2 (Long Range 2) which, among other things, includes an integrated Control Launch Unit, which is better than the model in use today and more intuitive, and can also benefit from missiles with a longer range 5.5 kilometers compared to 4 currently in use; Also, their simulators are more advanced.

The ET is already powered by around 250 Spike LR launch vehicles, which are usually powered by Uro VAMTAC ST5 armored vehicles or carried by other means of transport. These are bullet points that arrived after they were purchased in November 2006, along with around 2,500 missiles and weapons. The elapsed time and periodic consumption for exercises and exercises should already be supplemented by batches of more missiles.

The arrival of the latter would be the input used to purchase LR2 focal points to complement the previous ones and create the necessary replacement for the TOW currently in use, which arrived in 1996, 25 years ago. Although they are powerful weapons with day / night capacity, it is a material that has already completed a life cycle and must be continued with a more efficient and powerful system.

From what we were also able to know – as indicated by official ET infantry sources – as part of the concepts of the transformation of the armed forces 35, a significant increase in the anti-tank capabilities of the brigades is advocated. Each of them is expected to contain as many as 72 spike shot points as much as possible – 20 in each of its battalions – so many more will have to be acquired to equip the entire ET, although it is safe to do so Ultimate needs may vary depending on whether they have been allocated funds for chains or wheels. It is not clear that the current anti-tank companies (Cia DCC) of the brigades now supported by the TOW will continue, but the fact is that the ET has a crucial step to take when it comes to strengthening its anti- Reinforce anti-tank tank capacity and the spike. LR2 is the first advance in this regard. (Octavio Dec Cmara)

Photo: The Spanish ET received a large part of the 260 firing positions acquired in 2006 – around twenty went to the Marines – a material from the LR version to which the LR2 is now being added. (Octavio Dec Cmara)

Various European armies such as the German have already built in the new shot points of the Spike LR2. (Rafael)

The ET TOWs arrived 25 years ago and it is time to think about a new system to replace them with. (Octavio Dec Cmara)

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