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The MALAKARA ATGW

 
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jackehammond



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:24 am    Post subject: The MALAKARA ATGW Reply with quote

Folks,

Ok, let us make ourselves useful. The photo below is of the Australian MALAKARA heavy wire guided antitank missile mounted on the HORNET AFV of the British Army. Besides its huge size it was unique in that it did not use a HEAT warhead instead relying on a king size HESH warhead. The only ATGW missile not to use a HEAT warhead.

We need some more photos. It would greatly be appreciated if anyone can post them. Again, thanks.

Jack E. Hammond/Moderator





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Costas



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jack,
Some links about the FV1620 Hornet:
http://www.panzerbaer.de/types/uk_fv1611-a.htm

http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/news/ontarget/sept05/rw.cfm

http://www.jedsite.info/transport-hotel/hotel-humber/1ton_series/hornet/hornet-archive.html

http://www.warwheels.net/images/acj30page4.jpg
http://www.warwheels.net/images/acj30page5.jpg
http://www.warwheels.net/images/acj30page6.jpg
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Costas,

Again, THANKS! You never cease to amaze me at your abilities.

Many wondered why the British Army acquired such a huge missile with such a long range (7000 meters) as making no sense. But most forget at the time the British Army acquired the MALAKARA, it still had a "West of Suez" policy and if its airborne forces were called to establish a trip-wire presences in some desert area (ie Kuwait) they would have no heavy armor or heavy artillery support. And if you take that into consideration it makes sense.


Jack E. Hammond


BTW> And the weapon that replaced the MALAKARA, the SWINGFIRE, was the first ATGW designed which the designers took into consideration that the hostile tanks being attacked were not going to just sit there and not take some kind of counter measures.

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Costas



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are welcome! It was a simple matter of hunting for photos of "FV1620 Hornet" in Yahoo!...
As for the long range, it's meaningless without sights with good magnification. Even with a 8x sight, tracking a tank at 4000m or more is not the easiest thing.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Costas wrote:
You are welcome! It was a simple matter of hunting for photos of "FV1620 Hornet" in Yahoo!...
As for the long range, it's meaningless without sights with good magnification. Even with a 8x sight, tracking a tank at 4000m or more is not the easiest thing.


Dear Costa,

You would have to have a sight that switches magnification about three times also -- ie one for launch to acquire, to about 3000 meters then a switch beyond that. In fact if they were wanting it purely for long range they would be better to give joystick controls to both the drive and gunner - ie with the driver acquiring and centering the missile in wide angle 2X magnification and the gunner then taking over -- ie the gunner would press a button on the joystick which would then lock out the driver's joystick.

Either way, it would take a lot-LOT of training on a simulator to get gunners with proficiency.

Jack E. Hammond

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