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The Slovak Ministry of Defence recently signed a contract with Eurospike – a European Joint Venture consisting of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., Diehl Defence and Rheinmettal Electronics – for the supply of the advanced 5th generation SPIKE LR2 ATGM and dismounted advanced ICLU launchers (Integrated Control Launch Units). The procurement was carried out through the NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA).

The Slovak army is the 6th armed force to choose the modern 5th generation SPIKE LR2, as well as being part of another 34 SPIKE user nations. Slovakia is also the 3rd NATO nation that will be using the SPIKE LR2 and as such, it will follow the seamless transition by SPIKE Missile user nations from 4th generation SPIKE LR missiles to the 5th generation SPIKE LR2 Missile variant that can be fired from the same vehicle or from dismounted launchers.

In April 2018 the Slovak MOD published the successful results of the field-testing phase of the Slovak Turra 30 mm Remote Control Weapon Stations (RCWS) mounted on Patria vehicles including multiple launch of vehicle-mounted SPIKE Missiles from the EVPU RCWS. The current contract includes dismounted launchers, signifying that the SPIKE LR2 is now the ATGM of choice both for the Slovak infantry as well as for its cavalry.

SPIKE LR2 is a cutting-edge 5th generation, multi-platform, multi-mission and multi-range electro-optical missile, with enhanced standoff range of 5.5 km, fire & forget capabilities, as well as man-in-the-loop features, such as retargeting mid-flight, attack of hidden targets beyond-line–of-sight, as well as the ability to launch to non-line-of-sight targets based solely on their geo-coordinates.

Slovakia is among 19 EU/NATO SPIKE missile user nations. More than 33,000 SPIKE missiles have been supplied to-date around the world, with over 6000 SPIKE missile firings, both in training and in combat. The selection of the SPIKE LR2 missile by the Slovak armed forces will allow the Slovakia army 5th generation tactical overmatch.

This purchase is part of the ongoing modernization of armed forces taking place around Europe. To date, SPIKE Missile systems have been acquired by Germany; Baltic States Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania; and other European countries, creating common ATGM capabilities within Europe and potentially supporting future cross-nation mutual support.

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