The Romanian Army recently completed testing and evaluation of ten SPIKE LR (Long Range) missiles. The Romanian government placed orders for SPIKE missiles in 2015 with EuroSpike GmbH (a joint venture between Rafael, Diehl and Rheinmetall).
Romanian gunners fired nine of the ten SPIKE missiles at the end of the qualification process. All ten missiles hit their targets.
The tests conducted in Romania involved the infantry launcher configuration of the ICLU (Integrated Control Launch Unit) which is the new modern digital launcher for SPIKE missiles.
The ICLU enables very long-range target detection capabilities and integration to a tactical network.
The SPIKE LR System was tested in different firing scenarios, including day mode and IR mode, and was fired against tanks and APCs at different ranges.
A long time user of the SPIKE Missile family, the Romanian army has deployed the SPIKE LR in its vehicle-mounted version on a 30 mm RCWS on the BMP Platform, and the SPIKE ER Missile (8km) on the PUMA (SOCAT) helicopters.
The Portable Anti-tank SPIKE-LR Procurement Program will run through 2017-2019 and will equip the infantry, reconnaissance and mountain troop brigades as well as the artillery regiments of the Romanian Land Forces.