April 18, 2012 defpro.com
Baku | Azerbaijan bough anti-tank missiles and mine throwers from Israel. APA reports that Azerbaijan reached agreements with the Israeli “Rafael” company last year on the purchase of “Spike SR” and “Spike LR” anti-tank missiles, as well as Cardom 120mm mine throwers with Elbit Systems.
No additional details were provided on Azerbaijan’s order and the terms of delivery.
Spike SR is the short range version of the anti-tank weapon system, with a minimum range of 200 m (660 ft) and a maximum range of 800 m. It is intended for infantry use. The reusable command and launch unit (CLU), battery, tripod and the thermal sight are also used by other versions of the Spike missile family (with the exception of Spike NLOS), each weighing 5 kg, 1 kg, 2.8 kg, and 4 kg, respectively.
Spike LR is a long range version. The weight of the missile is 14 kg, offering a maximum range of 4,000 m and used by dismounted soldiers and light combat vehicles. It adds fibre-optic communications to and from the launching soldier during flight.
The 120 mm Cardom mine throwers, produced by Soltam Systems, can discharge 15 projectiles per minute. Their maximum range is 7,240 metres.
Models of the Spike anti-tank missiles and Cardom mine throwers were on display at the military parade held in Baku last year. (APA/Rashad Suleymanov)