War Machine, Volume 5

UK BAe Swingfire Swingfire is the standard long-range A TGW of the British army an disused from tracked vehicles. In its Beeswing guise the missile is produced under licence by Egypt to replace the obsolete Soviet AT-1 ‘Snapper missile. The BAe Swingfire is the British army’s long-range wire-guided ATGW and was designed originally for use on vehicles operating with armoured un­its. Allocated to the Royal Artillery the Swingfire is mounted on the Striker (five with five reloads) and the FV438 (two with 14 reloads) armoured vehi­cles. Both can engage targets in either the director separated-fire modes. In the latter the controller can site himself up to 100 m (110 yards) from the launch point and up to 23 m (75 ft) higher with the target up to 20° above or below the horizontal axis and up to 45° to each side of the concealed launcher's bear­ing. The Swingfire has now been adapted to fit on almost any vehicle and in the Beeswing version can be used from a removable crew-served launcher assembly. Once fired the missile is automatically gathered into the control sights field of view after which the operator flies the missile to the target by a joystick control. The warhead is able to defeat the armour of all known battle tanks. To improve the missiles combat capabilities a ther- mal-imaging sight has been de­veloped for night engagements and micro-miniaturized electronics have been introduced to increase reliability and maintainability. The Beeswing is currently being licence-built in Egypt, which is also supplying Sudan with the system Current operators of the Swingfire system are Belgium Egypt, Keijya Sudan and the UK. UK Hunting LAW80 The one-shot disposable Hunting LAW80 weapon is underdevelopment by Hunting Engineering Ltd to replace the British armys Carl Gustav MAW and M72 LAW systems. The LAW80 will be capable of disabling all the armoured vehicle types likely to be encountered on the battlefield in the next decade or so from all angles of attack (including head on through the frontal armour plate). This require­ment makes the weapon more inexpen­sive terms of size weight and cost than contemporary LAW systems The launcher will be issued as around of ammunition and will be equippied with an integral 9-mm 5-round spotting rifle attachment to ensure avery high first-round hit probability. To fire the 4-kg (8.8-lb) round the launcher's two protective end caps are discarded the projectile tube extended to its fullest extent and the weapon armed and cocked. The firer then uses the spot­ting rifle and if he decides not to shoot, can close the blast shield to make the weapon safe until the next action. The LAW80 will also be issued to the Royal Marines and the RAF Regiment. But though designed to replace the Carl Gustav the LAW80 will not be able to give the same service as it is unable to function as an infantry support weapon in firing HE smoke and illuminating rounds. In this respect the army might well be advised to reconsider its op­tions and retain the Carl Gustav at higher unit levels. Specification LAW80 Type: anti-tank rocket-launcher Dimensions: length 1.0 m (3 ft 3.4 in)folded and 1.5 m (4 ft 111 in) extended calibre 9.4 cm (37 in) Weight: 9.5 kg (20.9 lb) Performance: range 500 m (545 yards) Ammunition: advanced-design 4-kg (8.8-lb) hollow-charge rocket Armour penetration: estimated at 600 mm (23.62 orin) more SWEDEN Bofors Bantam The Bofors Bantam is a small first- generation one-man portable manual command to line of sight wire-guided missile produced ABby Bofors. The missile container holds both the mis­sile and a 20-m (66-ft) control cable which connects the missile to the con­trol unit which can uptake to three missiles. Distribution boxes can be connected to each of the cables to boost this number to 1 8 .To bring the Bantam into action the container is placed on the ground and the control unit is connected (if necessary extra cable can be used to displace the operator by up to 120 m/130 yards from the missile site). The operator then selects from between one and four of the tracking flares carried on the mis­sile (according to the prevailing condi­tions of visibility) and launches the The ground-launched version of the AB Bofors Bantam ATGW emerges from its container-launcher box under power from the booster. After 40 m (44 yards) o f wire is reeled out, a micro-switch ignites the sustainer motor. Specification Swingfire Type: anti-tank missile Dimensions: length 1.07 m (3 ft 6 in) diameter 17.0 cm (6.7in) span 37.3 cm (lft 2.7 in) Launch weight: 27 kg (60 lb) Propulsion: two-stage solid-propellant booster/sustainer rocket Performance: range 150-4000 m (165-4375 yards) Warhead: 7-kg (15.4-lb) hollow- charge HE Armour penetration: 800 mm (31.5 orin) more A British ArmyFV438 fires a Swingfire ATGW from its roof- mounted missile launcher rack assembly. The4000-m (4,375-yard) range missile has a 7-kg (15.4-lb) hollow charge warhead capable of defeating the armour of all current main battle tanks. 964
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