The U.S. Army is buying an unspecific number of Israeli-made, Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles for its Apache helicopters.
An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorised the service to acquire missiles current and future aviation.
The service fired the Spike NLOS missile from AH-64E Apache attack helicopters both in Israel and at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, last year. Defence News witnessed the demonstration flights; The AH-64 hid behind 1,600 feet of a steep mountain and aimed at a target representing a Russian Pantsir medium-range, surface-to-air missile system on the opposite slope. The Apache flew just a couple of hundred feet above the highest obstacle in the desert when the missiles were fired. The missiles hit every target across nine total shots used to evaluate the system. The last missile-firing resulted in the weapon hitting a moving target in the dark.