India Arming Its Russian Mi-17V5 helicopters With Israeli Anti-Tank Missiles

India Arming Its Russian Mi-17V5 helicopters With Israeli Anti-Tank Missiles

According to the news outlet, a limited number of Rafael Spike NLOS (Non-Line-of-Sight) missiles have been ordered, while a larger quantity of the munition will be manufactured locally.

India Arming Its Russian Mi-17V5 helicopters With Israeli Anti-Tank Missiles

The missile can target armoured vehicles, mobile air defences and command and control posts.

A Spike-equipped helicopter, according to the outlet, can take out a target from a standoff distance of 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) and be equipped with a variety of warheads for different battlefield scenarios.

The missile"s electro-optical seeker has a dual sensor, allowing it to engage the target on any day or in adverse weather conditions.

India Arming Its Russian Mi-17V5 helicopters With Israeli Anti-Tank Missiles

Furthermore, the weapon"s seeker and wireless data link provide video imagery to the operator throughout the flight, allowing for a mission abort or change in mid-flight.

On the other hand, The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to cancel plans to buy further Mi-17 V5 helicopters from Russia two weeks ago following the Indian – US 2+2 ministerial meeting.

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