Kim Jong-Il will be pleased to know that a missile more fit for someone of his stature is on its way. This 25-inch long, 5.3 pound SPIKE missile was recently fired in a successful test launched by the U.S. Navy.
SPIKE is navigated through a fiber optic data link which receives commands right from launch. Controllers can change the target in mid-flight if needed. SPIKE’s electro-optical imaging seeker found, tracked and hit a target moving at thirty miles per hour at a range of 750 yards during a test by the Navy’s Air Warfare Center Weapons Div. at China Lake, California. — Andrew Dobrow