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For the 16th time the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the members of Spike User Club (SUCM) has brought together - this time in Slovenia. The anti-tank missile system Spike manufactured by Rafael used (18 EU and NATO members thereof) of armed forces in 31 countries. The NSP supports the NATO countries (where a member of the weapon system partnership) in the procurement, inventory management and maintenance of missile systems.

The Spike Users Club was founded in June 2003 by the spike user nations and has developed into a platform for nations to share their knowledge and experience in the use of Spike missiles. These include aspects of maintenance, of shooting in training and in use as well as tactical insights from the inserts.

The objectives include maintaining the interoperability of nations based on the similar technology of missile and launcher. Through mutual support in the supply procurement can be carried out jointly and the exploitation of stocks across nations.

The Conference of the spike member clubs traditionally ends with an industry day, showing at the European company's products and solutions around Spike and demonstrate. From Germany Euro Spike and Rheinmetall were represented, among others, with the employed in the Bundeswehr variant MELLS (multirole-capable lightweight guided missile system).

The Slovenian army led spike against in sharp shot. To (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) of Oshkosh (Remote Controlled Weapon Station, RCWS) was on the JLTV the remote control weapon station Samson Mini MLS integrated, which includes a spike launcher. a Spike missile fired - the first time that was - with the combination JLTV / Spike. A second spike missiles fired from the Slovenian army soldiers from a portable launcher that had been placed in position in a room. The two missiles were performed with a combined day vision / infrared seeker and met their goals as expected.

Moreover, Firefly was demonstrated a spike miniature version that can be "parked" up to 15 minutes from 500 to 1,500 meters above the target. The three-kg missile can reach targets behind obstacles / coverages, especially in built-up areas.

Slovenia is currently establishing new infantry units in battalion strength. For this purpose a Panzerabwehrzug will belong, which is equipped with JLTV whose armament will consist of the embodiment shown in RCWS core.

Gerhard Heiming