New Delhi: The Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik, stated in Parliament this week that an order has been placed for procurement of Anti Tank Spike Missiles from Israel. A suitable number of missiles and allied systems have been procured to meet operational requirement of the Indian Army.

Spike Long Range (LR) Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) system is a man portable 4th Generation system which can engage targets in both Fire & Forget and Fire, Observe & Update mode, thus enhancing the operational flexibility and crew survivability.

Dual mode seeker of the system allows precise engagement both during day and night. The system also has Top Attack capability to enhance the lethality of the missile against tank targets.

Israel, Germany, Spain are among the other users of 4th Generation Spike LR ATGM system. As per available inputs in open source, China has developed a 3rd Generation ATGM System while Pakistan does not have such a capability yet.