By Samuel King Jr.
/ Published March 17, 2021
The U.S. Army’s new Spike missile completed a demonstration last month here thanks to the 780th Test Squadron.
The 96th Test Wing squadron was responsible for planning and executing the maritime (over water) demonstration of the non-line-of-sight, multi-purpose weapon using the Army’s AH-64E Apache helicopter.
“We were excited to test a new weapon system here at Eglin,” said Amanda Hargett, 780th TS test engineer. “Our team worked closely with the Army to make sure everything went smoothly and the demonstration was successful.”
The U.S. Army Futures Command Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team and the Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation and Missile Center brought the AH-64 here for the evaluation. The demonstration was broken down into four days.
Another planned flight that included a strike on a moving target, was cancelled due to weather.
Based on the success of testing, the Spike NLOS will serve as an interim solution to the gap in precision targeting at extended ranges. The weapon can strike targets four times further than the Apache’s current carried munitions. It also serves a dual purpose in informing the requirements for Army Aviation’s enduring standoff weapon, the Long-Range Precision Munition.
“We appreciate the tremendous support of the 780th for this program,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Scott Durrer, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team Lethality Technical Advisor. “The unit provided everything we needed to help us accomplish this critical maritime assessment.”