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The test firing at the U.S. Army's Yuma, Ariz., Proving Grounds
demonstrated the laser-guided seeker's ability to successfully target,
acquire and track a moving tank and guide the munition to intercept at a
distance of 5.4 miles (8.7 km)
In a test firing conducted March 1st, 2007 the MRM-CE fired from an M1A2 Abrams tank demonstrated dual-mode seeker demonstrated its most flexible mode that exploits sensor fusion. During the flight the projectile successfully acquired laser designation and transitioned the tracking function to the imaging infrared sensor against a T-72 tank target. The sensor guided the munition to a direct hit at a distance of 5.2 kilometers (3.5 miles).
The MRM-CE will be able to engage battlefield targets at extended ranges, including beyond line of sight, autonomously or designated with external laser target designation.
erm it did work - they used it in 1991
However, the one active Army M551 unit kept these systems until 1991, and actually deployed during Operation Desert Storm (although no Shillelagh shot was fired).
From launch until this distance, the MGM-51A flew below the line-of-sight of the tracking system's infrared beam and could therefore not be guided. Because the minimum range was slightly above the maximum effective range of the M551 Sheridan's conventional unguided munition, this created a dangerous "dead range" for the AFV. A Shillelagh missile was also rather expensive compared to conventional anti-armour rounds.
Although strictly a short range (2000 m (6600 ft) max) line-of-sight weapon, the MGM-51A Shillelagh was an accurate missile even against moving targets
it`s also of the same generation as the 9K112 Kobra -with similar capabilities.
For the time of flight of the round, the gunner had to keep the cross-hairs pointed at the target. A missile tracker in the gunner's sight detected any deviation of the flight path from the line-of-sight to the target, and transmitted corrective commands to the missile via an infrared command link.
a white noise jammer could jam the kobra
- a moot point as tanks in the 60`s and 70`s didn`t usually carry IR lights or jammers , were talking T62`s , Centurion/Chieftan and M60/A1pattons here
Semi-Automatic Command to Line of Sight - boh are that - one uses raido the other uses IR.
ergo - similar capabilities.
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