Anti-Tank Missiles of the United States: Fgm-148 Javelin

9781156393642: Anti-Tank Missiles of the United States: Fgm-148 Javelin

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 24. Chapters: AGM-114 Hellfire, MGM-51 Shillelagh, Bazooka, FGM-148 Javelin, BGM-71 TOW, M47 Dragon, Joint Air-to-Ground Missile, FGM-172 SRAW, MGM-166 LOSAT, AGM-169 Joint Common Missile, Compact Kinetic Energy Missile, AGM-124 Wasp, Vought HVM, AGM-64 Hornet. Excerpt: Bazooka is the common name for a man-portable recoilless rocket antitank weapon, widely fielded by the US Army. Also referred to as the "Stovepipe", the innovative bazooka was amongst the first-generation of rocket propelled anti-tank weapons used in infantry combat. Featuring a solid rocket motor for propulsion, it allowed for high explosive (HE) and high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warheads to be delivered against armored vehicles, machine gun nests, and fortified bunkers at ranges beyond that of a standard thrown grenade or mine. The universally-applied nickname arose from the M9 variant's vague resemblance to the tubular musical instrument of the same name invented and popularized in the 1930s by US comedian Bob Burns. An alternative etymology ascribed the name to the unique sound the weapon made when fired. During World War II, German armed forces captured several bazookas in early North African encounters and soon reverse engineered their own version, increasing the warhead diameter to 8.8 cm (amongst other minor changes) and widely issuing it as the Raketenpanzerbüchse "Panzerschreck" ("Tank terror"). Due to the novelty and easy recognition of the name, the term "bazooka" continues to be used informally as a genericized term to refer to any shoulder-launched missile weapon. The development of the bazooka involved the development of two specific lines of technology: the rocket-powered (recoilless) weapon, and the shaped-charge warhead. It was also designed for easy maneuverability and access. The Rocket-Powered Recoilless Weapon was the brainchild of Dr. Robe...

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