|Manufacturer:||I.M.I. Israel Military Industries Ltd|
|Product type:||Weapons & Weapon Systems|
|Name:||Anti-tank guided missile launcher|
The Israel Military Industries MAPATS Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) was revealed in 1984 and is an Infra-Red (IR) region modulated laser-generated beam-guided weapon which is tube-launched from ground, vehicle or helicopter mounts. Externally, MAPATS is very similar in appearance to the (Raytheon Systems Company, previously Hughes Missile Systems) l-TOW/TOW-2 series with an extendable nose probe that operates immediately after launch.
All the gunner has to do is to keep the cross-hairs of his sight on the target until the missile impacts. Once launched, the missile senses the IR beam via a rear-mounted sensor and measures its deviation from the beam centre. Its digital autopilot uses this data to correct its flight so it remains aligned to the line of sight of the gunner's aiming system.
Night vision aiming capability exists and, with the launcher's elevation capacity to +30°, MAPATS can be used in the anti-helicopter role against hovering or very slow moving targets. The warhead for MAPATS was developed by the RAFAEL Armament Development Authority of Israel. A tandem warhead is believed to have been developed.
Production as required. In service with Israeli Army and a number of foreign countries including Chile and Venezuela. The MAPATS has recently been offered in conjunction with Romanian Puma helicopter packages.