Weapons for destroying a tank
Tanks can play a decisive role in modern warfare, delivering a lethal combination of major fire power, mobility, and armoured protection. The development of counter-measure technologies such as explosive reactive armour (ERA) and active protection systems (APS) has made tanks even more difficult to destroy.
Today, a select range of weapons provide dismounted ground forces with the ability to stop modern tanks in their tracks. These are mainly anti-tank missiles that attack a tank’s more vulnerable surfaces and employ tandem charges to defeat countermeasure systems. Unfortunately, many systems are so heavy that a stand is required for use and multiple soldiers are required to carry them into position.
Saab produces an industry-leading solution in its New Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW). Weighing just 12.5 kilograms, NLAW is effective at destroying modern battle tanks, has a combat range of 20 to 800 metres and can be fired within a few seconds of a target being detected. It is unique among anti-tank weapons in that it can be carried into position and used by a single soldier. This allows it to be fired from an infinite number of firing positions, creating a fearsome, distributed anti-tank capability.
NLAW offers the option of overfly top attack mode in which the missile flies above the top of the top of tank, and then launches a deadly attack on the turret, This also allows the operator to fire at – and destroy – tanks that are largely obscured by other objects.
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Other weapons within our range of ground combat support weapons can also be effective against tanks in certain situations. When used in combination with an anti-tank round, the Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle can destroy a modern battle tank given a favourable attitude. The AT4 84mm disposable weapon is capable of destroying legacy tanks.