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Israel to Unveil World’s Smallest Missile

Israel’s Rafael Defense Systems will unveil the world’s smallest missile at the annual Eurosatory exhibition in Paris next week.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 6/4/2012, 9:09 AM

Spike missile
Spike missile
Israel news photo: PR from Rafael Systems

Israel’s Rafael Defense Systems will unveil the world’s smallest military missile at the annual Eurosatory “Land and Airland Defense and Security” exhibition in Paris next week, Israel Defense reports. 

The Mini-Spike electro-optic guided missile is the first missile to implement an anti-personnel precision attack missile. It has range of approximately three quarters of a mile (1.5 km) and is intended for deployment against enemy forces in shelters or trenches.

The entire missile weighs only 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms) and uses wireless communications to view and guide the missile to its target. The Mini-Spike is less than 30 inches long, and a soldier can carry four of them in one carrier. Another soldier carries to launch system.

The missile is 70 cm in length and 75 mm in diameter. Each soldier can carry four missiles.

Rafael was established as part of the Ministry of Defense more than 50 years ago and was incorporated in 2002. Its sales last year were nearly $2 billion.

Rafael also will display at Eurosatory the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets.