Thursday, October 10, 2019

FGM-148 Javelin - anti tank missile

The FGM-148 Javelin is an American fire-and-forget anti-tank missile. It uses an automatic infrared guidance that allows the user to seek cover immediately after launch, as opposed to wire-guided systems where the user has to actively guide the weapon. The Javelin's HEAT warhead is capable of defeating modern tanks by attacking them from above where their armor is thinnest.

The Javelin missile's tandem warhead utilizes an explosive shaped charge to create a stream of superplastically deformed metal formed from trumpet-shaped metallic liners. The result is a narrow high velocity particle stream that can penetrate armor.
FGM-148 Javelin man-portable anti-tank missile systems cost something around $125k with each missile about $100k.