The German Bundeswehr has ordered the MELLS anti-tank guided missile system from EuroSpike GmbH, a joint venture between Rheinmetall and its partners Diehl Defense and Rafael. This means that a further 666 guided missiles will be delivered together with 82 integrated command and launch units, which are included in the existing framework agreement. This latest order is worth around 88 million euros.
As on previous occasions, Rheinmetall is supplying key components to EuroSpike, manufacturer of MELLS, a lightweight, multi-purpose guided missile system. The signing of the new order corresponds to a net value of around 17 million euros and deliveries will take place in the period 2022-2024.
This fourth batch of the MELLS missile system requested by the Bundeswehr is intended for German light infantry and mechanized infantry units. This latest version of the launch system is already capable of firing the improved Spike LR 2 guided missile. The framework agreement signed in October 2019 also includes the option to manufacture and supply around 100 integrated command and launch units and thousands of MELLS guided missiles in the period 2024 to 2031.
It is worth remembering that the system is manufactured by EuroSpike, a joint venture in which Rheinmetall has a 40% stake. The MELLS is a state-of-the-art effector that can attack armored ground targets at distances of up to 4,000 meters. or 5,500 meters with the Spike LR-2. The German company has many years of experience with MELLS. This modern guided weapon has already been integrated into the Marder infantry combat vehicle and is currently doing so in the Puma IFV.
Similarly, another contractor is currently integrating the system into the weapon carrier of the Wiesel aircraft. In the future, the improved connection of integrated command and start units with Rheinmetall’s soldier “Future Soldier – Expanded System” via the TacNet command and information system could also offer future potential. This would further optimize the sensor chain together with the trigger mechanisms. (Antonio Ros Pau)
Photo (Rheinmetall): MELLS system for light infantry and mechanized infantry units of the Bundeswehr.
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