VIPER missile

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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

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.

Overview[edit]

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[edit]

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