Javelin Anti-Tank Missile

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Overview:

US and Philippine troops recently fired Javelin anti-tank missiles in their largest ever military drills.

About Javelin Anti-Tank Missile:

  • Javelin is a medium-range antitank weapon system designed to defeat all known and projected threat armour.
  • It is a collaborative effort between US aerospace and defence giants Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies through the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin JV.
  • Features:
    • It can be carried and launched by a single person.
    • It is fire-and-forget, meaning the operator can leave the area or take cover rather than having to keep cross-hairs on the target.
    • It has an imaging infrared-guided seeker to guide the warhead to its target.
    • Equipped with two explosive charges, it can pierce the most sophisticated tanks in the world.
    • Range: 2,500 meters. 

 


Q1) What is an Anti-Tank Missile?

Anti Tank guided missile, is a medium or long-range missile whose primary purpose is to destroy tanks and other armoured vehicles. A variety of rockets and missiles are employed against armoured vehicles, but the most sophisticated are antitank guided missiles (ATGM).

Source: US, Philippines troops fire Javelin anti-tank missiles in largest ever joint war games