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2RHPZ
06-24-2004, 02:16 AM
http://www.military.com/soldiertech/0,14632,Soldiertech_SPIKE,,00.html?ESRC=army-a.nl

Sayeret
06-24-2004, 03:14 AM
Thats pretty interesting, thanks for the link.

Tony Williams
06-24-2004, 04:00 AM
Interesting, but slightly confusing. It has fibre-optic guidance, and the impression given is that this enables it to be steered onto the target - which is certainly not 'fire and forget'. OTOH it claims FaF capability, which would require some sophisticated (and expensive) target recognition software within the missile. Can anyone clarify?

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GazB
06-24-2004, 04:24 AM
As far as I know the Fibre Optic link can be used in two modes of operation. You can either directly target the enemy at launch and then fire. In this case it is fire and forget. You can if you want change targets during flight however if the target turns out to be the wrong one or if the circumstances change. The velocity of these weapons is less than 200m/s.

The other mode of use is a lock on after launch where the weapon is fired from deep behind cover and lofted, the fibre optic link sends an image of the target area and the guy who launched it can select his target safe from behind cover... when he locks the target he is free to leave the missile to hit its target.

Some very low contrast targets might need to be held in lock to impact but that would be pretty rare. Moving targets would be particularly easy for the guidance to lock onto.

SpikeATGM
06-24-2004, 10:30 AM
Interesting, but slightly confusing. It has fibre-optic guidance, and the impression given is that this enables it to be steered onto the target - which is certainly not 'fire and forget'. OTOH it claims FaF capability, which would require some sophisticated (and expensive) target recognition software within the missile. Can anyone clarify?



This is nothing secret. So don't mind sharing it here.

Spike can have 2 mode of firing. Fire and Track and Fire and forget.

The CLU have certain artificial intelligence that can actually lock on to the target be it stationary or moving target. Before fire, the operator must activate the tracking device in the CLU( Command Launch Unit) by pressing a couple of buttons on his right hand and never let go of them. This enable him to lock onto the target and activate the TV guidance in front of the missile.

Upon firing, what the operator see in his CLU is what the missile see. If he wants to switch to the fire and forget mode, all he need to do is simply let go his right hand and deactivate all the buttons. The missile will automatically home onto the last lock on point.

In any unlikely event that the fibre optics link is broken, the missile in flight will automatically switch to fire and forget mode.

Claymore
06-24-2004, 11:03 AM
Euro Spike (Pst-ohj 2000) hits T-54 in artillery exercise area of Rovajärvi , Finland

http://tietokannat.mil.fi/data/366/3



Sorry, not as awesome as that well known Javelin vs. T-72 video. ;)