Rafael fires SPIKE NLOS missile from Oshkosh JLTV in Estonia

A SPIKE NLOS missile fired from an Oshkosh JLTV takes out naval targets.

27 July 2021



Rafael and Oshkosh Defense have successfully demoed the live firing of Rafael's SPIKE NLOS (Non-Line-Of-Sight) missile from an Oshkosh JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle).

SPIKE NLOS is a fifth generation, 32 km-range missile, which features a navigation system and lethal warheads capable of destroying a wide range of targets. It is part of the  SPIKE family of multi-mission, precise, electro-optical missiles used by 37 customers worldwide.

The demo included a live firing of two SPIKE NLOS missiles from a launcher mounted on the Oshkosh JLTV. The missiles was fired towards two different sized beyond-line-of-sight naval targets at sea. Both targets were destroyed, according to a statement by Rafael. 

The demonstration, which was hosted by the Estonian Navy, took place in Saaremaa Island, Estonia, in front of representatives from 14 countries, including Spike-user NATO countries, and senior members of Estonia's defence ministry and members of the Estonian Armed Forces.

The SPIKE NLOS enables positive visual target identification and precision strike at extended ranges and beyond-line-of-sight against marine targets (landing craft, corvettes, commando RIBs), and on land — tanks and armoured vehicles either in amphibious state or on shore, infantry, forward command posts and more.

It has a bi-directional datalink, enabling full control of the missile from launch up to target hit with pinpoint precision that is not affected by range. Unlike laser-guided or active radar munitions, the SPIKE NLOS electro-optical guidance is completely passive and is capable of operation in GPS-denied environments.

John Lazar, vice president and general manager of International Programs at Oshkosh Defense said the JLTV is more than a light tactical vehicle; it offers the ability to integrate a full spectrum of mission packages, including sensing, communications, fires, passive and active protection and more. “This live fire demonstration further proves the modularity and multi-mission capability of the JLTV platform,” he said.