Israel’s Rafael has test-fired Spike missile system from Protector Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV).
The spokesperson said that all of the engagements were successful and included firing on-the-move. During the trials Protector operated in seas with waves of up to 1.5 m in height. The company believes the armed platform will be capable of using the Spike system in up to Sea State 5.The launcher unit integrated on to the USV is based on Rafael's Mini Typhoon stabilised gun mount, according to the representative.
Analysis of imagery released of the trials appears to show the Typhoon MLS-ER unit mounted on the rear of the USV. This system includes up to four Spike Extended Range (ER) missiles, an electro-optical director, and a fire control system.
The system can be configured as a 9 m- or 11 m-long platform and features an endurance of up to 48 hours, and a top speed of 40 kt.