​Spike Missile Package for Greece Includes Orbiter-3 UAVs for a Reason

Orbiter UAV / Illustrative photo credit: MORH Ministarstvo obrane Republike Hrvatske
Orbiter UAV / Illustrative photo credit: MORH Ministarstvo obrane Republike Hrvatske

The contract for anti-tank missiles includes dozens of drones, and it's important to understand why

Israel will supply Greece with unmanned systems as part of the contract signed between the two countries. The Orbiter 3 unmanned aerial vehicles from Aeronautics, a subsidiary of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Stolero Aero, will supplement the deal on Spike missiles.

There will be dozens of UAVs, Defense News reports. The drone procurement is part of a larger contract worth USD 404 million on supplying Rafael Spike missiles for ground, air and sea platforms.

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The drone was included for a reason: Aeronautics position their product as the one that will "detect, recognize and identify the target" for the Spike missile launched from either land, sea or air to destroy.

The company points out that last year Rafael presented the NLOS Mission Taskforce fire control capability that provides "small, mobile combat units of 4X4 or armored vehicles with organic detection, attack, and fire control capabilities."

Defense News noted that the statement did not mention how the Orbiter 3 integrates with this system, only that the UAV will detect targets, and the Spike will "close the sensor-to-shooter loop, using the Fire Weaver; C4I system" which refers to command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence.

Orbiter is the family of multirole unmanned aircraft from Israeli Aeronautics Defense Systems. It hasa weight of 32 kg and can stay up in the air for up to 6 hours.

Orbiter 3 / Illustartive photo credit: Aeronautics
Orbiter 3 / Illustartive photo credit: Aeronautics
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