Video of Army's New Javelin Anti-Tank
Video Clip 4.3 Meg File
Since we published the video, we have
had several comments from readers:
Incredible video. It's a shame
this weapon is being sold to anyone in the world. Just a couple
of corrections... the missile's range is 2500 meters and the weight
of the missile is 26.1 lbs. Amazing.
See the maker's (Raytheon) info site below
"The missile weighs only 50 pounds, and uses a kinetic energy
a saboted tank gun round, instead of a shaped charge like a TOW
--- end of quoted material
The previous statement is incorrect.
The Javelin anti-tank guided missile [ATGM]does not use KE technology
as the sabot AT round used by the Abrahms tank. Instead, it uses
downward-firing shaped charges, very much like the TOW ATGM. The
difference being that it targets the thin armor on the top of a
turret versus the thick, sloped armor on the sides. This is quite
from the second image on the left side of your webpage [javelin4.jpg]
can see the initiation of the explosion directly on top of the turret.
Here is Raytheon's website on
the Javelin if, for some odd reason you do not
believe me, with a couple of other reliable sites to back it up.
That was a Great video. I hope
we use those missles in Afghanistan.
Check out my videos...
I'm sitting here in Sweden watching a video clip of
this javelin projectile.
In the clip one can here the distant boom at exactley the same time
visual explosion. The time it would take the sound to travel 4000
speed of sound beeing about 340 m/s, would be aproximatley 12 s.
What could be the reason of this?
That weapon looks fantastically
powerful. On my system, using Quicktime, at
the 24th second or frame, there appears on the target tank two tongues
blue flame, seemingly before the missile impact. Any idea what that
Thanks for your time.
Reported on the Firing
line: "This link is for video of a live firing
of the Army's Javelin anti-tank missile against a 45 ton Russian
T-72 tank at a range of 4000 meters. The missile weighs only 50
pounds, and uses a kinetic energy penetrator like a saboted tank
gun round, instead of a shaped charge like a TOW missile. The results
from such a small, portable missile. have to be seen to be believed.
It seems that heavy tanks are now just about as vulnerable as light
armor. " ...by "Ought One"
We hope they have good ESD Controls
in place. I would hate to have this missile seek the wrong target.
The video link is large so be patient when you click on it.