The deal's total value is €335 million, of which €280 million is intended for the army units and €55 million for the Greek Navy. At the same time, procurement is also expected to be made from Israeli Plasan and Aeronautics companies.
The Greek Governmental Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA), under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, decided today to proceed with the procurement of SPIKE missiles from the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, to equip the Hellenic Armed Forces. The acquisition of SPIKE fire-and-forget missiles will equip, among others, eight naval vessels in, total, of two different types.
As previously reported by Naval News, the Hellenic Navy (Πολεμικό Ναυτικό) has been planning for a year now to receive this type of missile for its vessels.
Specifically, the Hellenic Navy will install on the Machitis-class (HSY56A) patrol vessels a Typhoon MLS-NLOS system at the RHIB deck, with eight (8) SPIKE (Non-Line-of-Sight) Long-Range missiles each, for sea-to-shore fire support or sea-to-sea targeting.
The SPIKE NLOS missile, part of Rafael’s multigenerational SPIKE missile family, enables day and night, all-weather, NLOS target engagement for ranges of up to 32 km ‒ with real-time target data gathering during flight and pinpoint accuracy.
Effective in low-intensity asymmetric engagements, high-intensity anti-armour conflicts, and stand-off combat, the system can be supplied with a variety of warheads, including High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT), Penetration Blast Fragmentation (PBF) with warhead detonation control, and Fragmentation.
The system is equipped with a passive dual-mode electro-optical seeker, an Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) camera, advanced image processing tracker, and Charge Coupled Device (CCD), which enable its day/night capabilities.