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XATM-5 Light Anti-Tank Missile [MAT]

As the replacement of the current 84mm recoilless rifle carried by infantry unit, the XATM-5 Light Anti-Tank Missile short range portable anti-tank missile is now under development and expected to have higher survivability and man-power savings.

The "light MAT" is being tested as a successor to the 84mm recoil-less gun, and is to be an MAT. However, quite a few requirements are involved, including portability and operability by a single soldier, improving on conventional anti-armor technology and use of "design-to-cost" technology. Research and testing has been ongoing since FY1993 (phase 2), and was completed in late FY1996. What distinguishs this new weapon from conventional MATs are its firing method (no guidance is required after firing), its short reaction time (it fires immediately), its cover, and inherent firing capabilities (It can be hidden and fired within a confined area, and there is little back draft after firing).

Since the missile is intended to be carried by one person, it must be compact and lightweight. After emerging from the equipment, the rocket will ignite and become self- propelled. The heart of the missile is the infrared sensor. For the cooling the new system switched from conventional, and expensive, nitrogen gas to a new method that even without cooling allows an image to form in a short period of time. The infrared sensor element uses a silicon semiconductor manufacturing process.

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