Azerbaijan buys mortars, anti-tank missiles from Israel

Wed 18 April 2012 10:31 GMT | 15:31 Local Time

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Azerbaijan has signed an agreement with Israeli company Rafael to purchase anti-tank missiles Spike-SR and Spike-LR, and with the company Elbit Systems to purchase 120 mm mortars of Cardom type.

Information about the orders of Azerbaijan and their delivery has not been provided, APA reported.

Azerbaijan adopted anti-tank missiles Spike in 2010.

Spike-SR is a short range version Spike, minimum range is 200 m while the maximum range is 800 m and is intended for infantry use. The reusable Command & launch unit (CLU), battery, tripod and the thermal sight are also used by other land-based versions of the Spike missile family, each weighing 5 kg, 1 kg, 2.8 kg and 4 kg respectively.

Spike-LR is a long range version. The weight of the missile is 14 kg, maximum range is 4,000 m and is used by infantry and light combat vehicles. It adds fiber-optic communication to and from the launching soldier during flight. Reported armour penetration capability is more than 700 mm of Rolled homogeneous armour (RHA).

The Cardom is a Soltam Systems 120mm Recoil Mortar System (RMS). It is an autonomous, computerized system for mounting on light and medium armored carriers. The system provides accurate and effective fire support. Its range is 7,000-8,000 meters.

The military parade in Baku last year showcased Spike missiles and Cardom mortars.

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