LAHAT: "SkyBow” of Patriotic War  

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The Azerbaijani Armed Forces put its stamp in the world military history by using many numerous weapons systems in the battles for the first time during the Patriotic War. Although one year passes since the end of the war, new facts continue to emerge. One of the missiles that was successfully used in the combats by the Azerbaijani Air Forces is LAHAT missile produced by Israel.


The LAHAT (Laser Homing Attack or Laser Homing Anti-Tank, also known as the SkyBow) is a third generation semi-active laser homing low-weight anti-tank guided missile developed since 1992 and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries. It was designed primarily to be fired by Merkava tanks' 105 mm and 120 mm tank guns, though it matches all types of 105 mm and 120 mm guns, including low recoil guns and low-weight guns of military armored cars. It is also suitable for patrol ships, possibly modified for 105–106 mm recoilless rifles, UAVs, HMMWVs, and SPAAGs. Unlike other tank rounds, LAHAT does not need a tank gun for operation.

LAHAT has a semi-active laser guidance system, capable of both direct and indirect laser designation—the target can be laser-designated by the launching platform (e.g. firing tank) or other platform (e.g. another tank, helicopter, UAV, or forward scouting team), requiring minimal exposure in the firing position. With a low launch signature, the missile’s trajectory can be set to match either (top attack) armoured fighting vehicle, warship, or helicopter gunship (direct attack) engagements.

It has a range of 8 km when launched from a ground platform, and up to 13 km, when deployed from high elevation. The missile hits the target at an accuracy of 0.7 meter CEP and an angle of over 30 degrees, providing effective penetration of up to 800 mm of armor steel with its tandem warhead to deal with add-on reactive armor. LAHAT might also carry embedded active protection system countermeasure capabilities. In any tank the LAHAT is stowed like other rounds in the ammunition rack, and handled just like any other type of ammunition.

First presentation in Azerbaijan

The manufacturer received a large order in 2013 for the supply of a helicopter version of LAHAT missiles, but did not disclose the identity of the customer. In April 2016, the press confirmed the delivery of these missiles to Azerbaijan. In August 2017, after the Mi-17 multi-role military transport helicopters participating in the military exercises of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea fired at conventional naval targets from LAHAT anti-tank guided missile systems, the public learned about.

Reports on the purchase of Israeli-made anti-tank missiles with anti-tank laser warheads were previously available, but were not officially confirmed. After these exercises, it became clear that Azerbaijan has received at least a helicopter version of the missiles.

Service history

In service – 1992–present

Used by - Israel, India, Germany

Specifications

Weight - 13.0 kg 

Length - 97.5 cm

Diameter - 105 mm 

Warhead - Tandem HEAT

Warhead weight - 4.5 kg

Operational range - 8000 m

Speed - 285–300 m/s

Guidance system - Semi-Active Laser Homing[1]

Launch platform - 105–120 mm smooth bore

 

 

 

 

 



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LAHAT: "SkyBow” of Patriotic War  

2021/12/lahat-3277462024-1638912267.jpg
Read: 841     19:20     07 December 2021    

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces put its stamp in the world military history by using many numerous weapons systems in the battles for the first time during the Patriotic War. Although one year passes since the end of the war, new facts continue to emerge. One of the missiles that was successfully used in the combats by the Azerbaijani Air Forces is LAHAT missile produced by Israel.


The LAHAT (Laser Homing Attack or Laser Homing Anti-Tank, also known as the SkyBow) is a third generation semi-active laser homing low-weight anti-tank guided missile developed since 1992 and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries. It was designed primarily to be fired by Merkava tanks' 105 mm and 120 mm tank guns, though it matches all types of 105 mm and 120 mm guns, including low recoil guns and low-weight guns of military armored cars. It is also suitable for patrol ships, possibly modified for 105–106 mm recoilless rifles, UAVs, HMMWVs, and SPAAGs. Unlike other tank rounds, LAHAT does not need a tank gun for operation.

LAHAT has a semi-active laser guidance system, capable of both direct and indirect laser designation—the target can be laser-designated by the launching platform (e.g. firing tank) or other platform (e.g. another tank, helicopter, UAV, or forward scouting team), requiring minimal exposure in the firing position. With a low launch signature, the missile’s trajectory can be set to match either (top attack) armoured fighting vehicle, warship, or helicopter gunship (direct attack) engagements.

It has a range of 8 km when launched from a ground platform, and up to 13 km, when deployed from high elevation. The missile hits the target at an accuracy of 0.7 meter CEP and an angle of over 30 degrees, providing effective penetration of up to 800 mm of armor steel with its tandem warhead to deal with add-on reactive armor. LAHAT might also carry embedded active protection system countermeasure capabilities. In any tank the LAHAT is stowed like other rounds in the ammunition rack, and handled just like any other type of ammunition.

First presentation in Azerbaijan

The manufacturer received a large order in 2013 for the supply of a helicopter version of LAHAT missiles, but did not disclose the identity of the customer. In April 2016, the press confirmed the delivery of these missiles to Azerbaijan. In August 2017, after the Mi-17 multi-role military transport helicopters participating in the military exercises of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea fired at conventional naval targets from LAHAT anti-tank guided missile systems, the public learned about.

Reports on the purchase of Israeli-made anti-tank missiles with anti-tank laser warheads were previously available, but were not officially confirmed. After these exercises, it became clear that Azerbaijan has received at least a helicopter version of the missiles.

Service history

In service – 1992–present

Used by - Israel, India, Germany

Specifications

Weight - 13.0 kg 

Length - 97.5 cm

Diameter - 105 mm 

Warhead - Tandem HEAT

Warhead weight - 4.5 kg

Operational range - 8000 m

Speed - 285–300 m/s

Guidance system - Semi-Active Laser Homing[1]

Launch platform - 105–120 mm smooth bore

 

 

 

 

 



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