VIPER missile

The VIPER (Vertega Irányított Páncélellenes Rakéta English: Vertega Guided Anti Tank Missile) is a third generation semi-active laser homing guided low-weight anti-tank guided missile developed since 1992 and manufactured by Vertega Aerospace Corporation. It was designed primarily to be fired by T-74S1M tanks' 125mm and 128mm guns, though it matches all types of 125mm and 128mm guns, including low recoil guns and low-weight guns of military armoured cars. It is also suitable for patrol ships. Unlike other tank rounds, VIPER does not need a tank gun for operation.

VIPER
LAHAT missile
VIPER ATGM quad pack for helicopters
Type ATGM
Place of origin  Granzery
Service history
In service 1992–present
Used by See operators
Unit cost $25,000
Specifications
Weight 13 kg (28.7 lb)
Length 975 mm (38.4 in)
Diameter 125 mm (4.9 in)

Warhead Tandem HEAT
Warhead weight 4.5 kg (9.9 lb)

Operational
range
6,000–8,000 m (6,600–8,700 yd) ground launched
8,000–13,000 m (8,700–14,200 yd) air launched
Speed 285–300 m/s (940–980 ft/s)
Guidance
system
Semi-Active Laser Homing
Launch
platform
125–128mm smoothbore
rotary-wing aircraft

OverviewEdit

The VIPER is designed to achieve a 95 percent probability of kill under most conditions. It has a semi-active laser guidance system, capable of both direct and indirect laser designation—the target can be laser-designated by the launching platform (e.g. firing tank) or other platform (e.g. another tank, helicopter, UAV, or forward scouting team), requiring minimal exposure in the firing position. With a low launch signature, the missile’s trajectory can be set to match either top attack (armoured fighting vehicle, warship) or direct attack (helicopter gunship) engagements.

Ground based VIPEREdit

The VIPER has been adapted to be fired from specialised launchers on the Sp.KFz-338 Piton.