Air Weapons: Lahat Mutates And Spreads

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March 1, 2014: Israel has developed a new helicopter launched version of its Lahat ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile.) This version weighs 13 kg (28.6 pound), has a range of 13,000 meters (or less depending on firing altitude) and is, like the heavier Hellfire, fired from four-missile launchers. 

Back in 2009 Israel was offering a new version of the original Lahat, which was originally introduced in 1992 to be fired from 105mm and 120mm tank barrels. The 2009 version was designed for use by infantry and helicopters. The 2009 version was a 12.5 kg (27 pound) missile with a range of 8,000 meters. Lahat uses laser guidance and has the ability to fly over the tank and detonate a shaped charge warhead that will punch through the thinner top armor.

There was also a version of Lahat designed for use by UAVs. This one has a range of 13,000 meters and consisted of a 75 kg (165 pound) launcher that included four ready-to-fire missiles. The four missile launcher for these systems can also be mounted on ships or vehicles and include a laser designator.

 

 


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