Re: GUNS: Anti-Missle systems for tanks and other vehickles..

From: James Rogers (
Date: Sun Jun 25 2000 - 11:27:45 MDT

On Sun, 25 Jun 2000, S.J. Van Sickle wrote:
> On Sat, 24 Jun 2000, Everitt Mickey wrote:
> > engine flare from a shoulder launched wire-guided anti-tank missle and
> > direct the tank's gun to it....the gun had a MUCH greater velocity than the
> > shortly thereafter the missle became UN guided.....
> Unlikely explaination. The soviet infantry anti-tank misssles, unlike the
> American's, had seperate launchers and controllers. The missles were
> controlled by a guy with a box and a joystick guiding the missle to the
> target. The (expended) launcher could be a hundred meters away or more.
> This is *very* hard to do acurrately, so likely the Isreali tank (if the
> story is true at all) was just missed many times before it was hit. The
> American wired guided missles are all one piece, and *much* easier to use
> since, being in direct line with the tank and missle, all you have to do
> is keep the crosshairs on target...the control box does the rest.

Also, if I am not mistaken, some of the missile systems will engage the
last "good" target coordinate if a catastrophic failure of the control
system is detected, kind of like a dead man switch. In other words,
without a head the missile may still be moving towards the last
known target position, but without target location updates.

-James Rogers

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