IAI believes the LAHAT missile, a gun launched projectile designed to destroy armoured vehicles as well as helicopters, is a cost-effective way for countries to update their existing mm fleets that are becoming outgunned on the battlefield. No details of the range of the mm LAHAT have been released but a range of several times greater than current gun-launched projectiles has been quoted. It can be operated under day and night conditions. LAHAT is handled as a wooden round and is loaded as a conventional round of ammunition. LAHAT is a semi-active laser guided missile and while it would normally be fired with the missile being designated by the launch platform, it can also be fired with a lock on after launch capability with target designation being carried out by another platform.
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Image courtesy of Ajai Shukla. It is a light weight missile suitable for precision attack missions. The gun or canister launched missile can be fired from a range of platforms such as armoured vehicles, tanks and helicopters. The missile is effectively used in urban areas requiring a low collateral damage solution.
It can hit both stationed and moving targets while avoiding the air defence of hostile forces. LAHAT laser homing attack missile design Primarily designed for mm and mm guns of the Merkava tanks, LAHAT is also suitable for all types of mm and mm guns, including low recoil guns and low-weight guns of armoured vehicles.
LAHAT has a length of mm, diameter of The compact dimensions of the missile allow easy integration on light-weight helicopters, light vehicles and armoured fighting vehicles AFVs. LAHAT programming is configured in the fire control computer. The missile is stowed like other rounds in the ammunition rack and handled just like any other type of ammunition. IAI conducted airborne testing to integrate the missile on attack and transport helicopters. The missile system was also demonstrated to Chile.
The missile was also offered as a part of proposed Gazelle SA helicopter upgrade package. The detection of firing position is very difficult due to low launch signature of the missile. The trajectory can be set to match either top attack or direct attack engagements. The missile strikes the target with an accuracy of 0. It is effective against ships, ground targets and helicopters within the range of six kilometres.
The missile uses a tandem warhead which is capable of defeating all types of modern armour, including add-on reactive armour. High penetration capability of the main warhead allows the missile to penetrate the armour of major armoured vehicles at high impact angles. The Global Missiles and Missile Defence Systems Market This project forms part of our recent analysis and forecasts of the global missiles and missile defence systems market available from our business information platform Strategic Defence Intelligence.
LAser Homing Attack Missile (LAHAT)