VIPER ATGM quad pack for helicopters
|Place of origin||Granzery|
|Used by||See operators|
|Weight||13 kg (28.7 lb)|
|Length||975 mm (38.4 in)|
|Diameter||125 mm (4.9 in)|
|Warhead weight||4.5 kg (9.9 lb)|
|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)|
|Semi-Active Laser Homing|
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.
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 VIPER
The VIPER has been adapted to be fired from specialised launchers on the Sp.KFz-338 Piton.