The Finnish armed forces have contracted with EuroSpike GmbH, a joint venture of Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH, Diehl Defence, and Rafael, to supply Spike antitank guided missiles, Rheinmetall rites in a press release. For Rheinmetall, the order is worth a figure in the mid-double-digit million-euro range.
The German armed forces were among the first Spike users. A version of the system known as the Mehrrollenfähiges Leichtes Lenkflugkörpersystem (MELLS; multi-role light guided missile system) is in service with the Bundeswehr. Made by EuroSpike – a joint venture in which Rheinmetall holds a 40% stake – MELLS is a latest-generation missile designed to engage armoured targets at ranges of up to 4,000 metres or, depending on the variant, up to 5,500 metres.
Rheinmetall has already integrated the Spike guided missile with various combat vehicles.