posted on Jul, 10 2005 @ 05:57 PM
M6D, the 'rockets' I have fired, aren't really rockets per se, but I suppose most infantry hand-held, shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons use rockets
of some type.
The Light Anti-Armour Weapons like the Yank '66, Brit LAW '90 use small rocket motors to propell the warhead out to a static tgt at 400 metres
which, depending on the skill of the soldier, should result in at least a 'mobility' or 'firepower' kill, whilst at closer ranges, say 300 metres
or less, should destroy a lightly armoured vehicle. The LAW '90 we use is capable of destroying an MBT - but I wouldn't want to take on a tank
with it, 'cause you have to fire a 9mm tracer round first!
Other weaps like Milan or Dragon can be classed as ATGW because they are guided either by wires or are 'fire-and-forget' - i.e the missile locks on
to a thermal source.
The good old 84mm 'Charlie G', was a 2nd generation 'recoilless' anti-tank 'gun' that used a simple HEAT warhead, able to destroy vehs like BTRs
or BMPs out to 400 metres. Hell of a 'mother' to carry, let alone fire! And those misfire drills, and it took 2 to use it! Not to mention the
backblast of 30 metres x 45 degrees (anybody behind me = toast, is another thing I remember!)
Oh yeah! It also created a hell of a vacuum when fired and a massive dust cloud - bit of a giveaway if you're lying in an ambush! Unless of course
it's raining - then you'd often as not get a misfire!
On the other hand M6D, the RPG - nasty piece of work - uses a very thin rocket with fold down spring loaded fins, to propell the grenade out to 400
metres - or there about. Great for trench or bunker clearing, not to mention choppers and tanks.