Latvian National Armed Forces have installed a new Team Trainer for SPIKE Missiles. The STT (SPIKE Team Trainer), was installed at the end of August 2020 by teams from Rafael and EuroSpike.
The new system will train Latvian forces to use Rafael Advanced Defense System's SPIKE LR2 and SR missiles, procured from EuroSpike (a joint venture between Rafael, Diehl Defence, and Rheinmetall Electronics).
"The installed training facility will allow the Latvian Army to both qualify and sustain a high level of current and future generation SPIKE gunners and commanders, enabling them advanced and significant anti-tank capabilities,” said Gal Papier, head of marketing at Rafael's Precision Tactical Weapon Systems Directorate.
SPIKE LR2 is a 5th generation missile with an engagement range of 5.5km. The SPIKE SR is a light shoulder-launched disposable fire-and-forget missile, effective up to 2km. Weighing only 10 kg, and with a dual seeker, the SPIKE SR allows infantry to acquire and engage fast-moving targets at short range.
The STT provides the SPIKE LR2 and SPIKE SR gunners, squad and section commanders, fully-simulated battlefield training, improving both gunnery and command and control proficiency levels, leading the gunner through all stages of the firing sequence from VIS or IR surveillance of a simulated image up to target impact.
The trainer can simulate real-time battle management challenges, such as command and control of multiple launchers, training in synergy between observation and fire positions and it trains the gunners and commanders in handling different scenarios. It also simulated the different seasons of the year, and can be developed and adjusted based on customers’ specific requests, such as real threat analysis, fighting doctrine and expected enemy course-of-action.
SPIKE platoons go through a full cycle of mission planning, mission execution and detailed debriefing after action according to the data collected during the scenario, which is fully documented (including video, audio and & radio recordings), allowing optimal post-mission debriefing.