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USSOCOM JLTVs get Spike NLOS missiles

JLTV firing a Spike NLOS missile
Illustration: Oshkosh Defense file photo of a JLTV Spike NLOS demonstration

Lockheed Martin announced it has successfully delivered the Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missile system on the Oshkosh’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

This integration followed the demonstration of the two-door JLTV and trailer with Spike NLOS carried out by Oshkosh Defense in 2021.

Spike NLOS is a multi-purpose, electro-optical/infrared missile system. Its rocket motor provides capability to reach ranges up to 32 kilometers. Users can integrate Spike NLOS with ground, aviation or maritime platforms – while leveraging its stand-off capability to strike distant or geographically concealed targets without line-of-sight.

“The combination of Spike NLOS’s long-range and precision-strike capabilities with the JLTV’s superior agility will result in next-level mobility and mission effectiveness for our operators,” said Jerry Brode, vice president of Close Combat Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “This advanced weapon system’s real-time video imagery allows operators to alter or abort mission while en route to a target, providing users with more options in critical moments.”

In service with US forces and six international countries, Spike NLOS features a Lockheed Martin-developed remote launcher and can be mounted directly onto almost any vehicle with a standard palletized interface.

The JLTV is the new workhorse of the US armed forces and comes in many variants with multiple payloads. The vehicles are air-transportable (CH-47 and CH-53 helicopters; C-130, C-5, C-17 and A400 Cargo fixed-wing aircraft) and can be delivered in a multitude of versions ranging from general purpose to heavy guns carrier. Oshkosh has also delivered an unmanned JLTV capable of launching Naval Strike Missiles, in addition to developing a hybrid-electric vehicle variant with silent drive, dubbed the eJLTV.