Israel to Unveil World’s Smallest Missile

Israel’s Rafael Defense Systems will unveil the world’s smallest missile at the annual Eurosatory exhibition in Paris next week.

 

Israel’s Rafael Defense Systems will unveil the world’s smallest military missile at the annual Eurosatory “Land and Airland Defense and Security” exhibition in Paris next week, Israel Defense reports.

Spike missile

Spike missile - Israel news photo: PR from Rafael Systems

The Mini-Spike electro-optic guided missile is the first missile to implement an anti-personnel precision attack missile. It has range of approximately three quarters of a mile (1.5 km) and is intended for deployment against enemy forces in shelters or trenches.

The entire missile weighs only 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms) and uses wireless communications to view and guide the missile to its target. The Mini-Spike is less than 30 inches long (70 cm in length and 75 mm in diameter), and a soldier can carry four of them in one carrier. Another soldier carries the launch system.

Rafael was established as part of the Ministry of Defense more than 50 years ago and was incorporated in 2002. Its sales last year were nearly $2 billion.

Rafael also will display at Eurosatory the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets.

 

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By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

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