The Insane Engineering of the Javelin

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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
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[2] Field Manual Headquarters No. 3-22.37 Javelin

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  1. I can't say it's all accurate but it gets its point across. Here's a list of inaccuracies:
    The NVS (Night Vision Sight) is a 12x sight, not 9x
    The seeker (the camera in the missile) is the 9x sight
    You can activate the seeker from the day view optic and don't have wait for the NVS to cool down, just the missile which should cool down after the NVS anyways
    7:08 it shows Nlaws not Javelins

    In all I love this video and It gives the Jav much deserved praise

  2. My question is What will happen after the war to these Javelin, in the wrong hand, it will create more destruction. I guess The West country weapon company knows and will sell more weapon in future. Its a never ending war.

  3. I'm 0351, David ( tank killer) USMC. My babe the Javi, well , once she locks onto 9 identifiable points of reference, you go green, its over. But remember, it takes a modern tank roughly 6 seconds to identify and engage.once you make a kill. You have to run with your assistant g man to reload and rengage . A missleman's life expectancy is 12 seconds in a near pear engagement , .

  4. When playing airsoft, I never thought that recognizing a blue armband versus red armband quickly would be a vital real world combat skill. Mind boggling that that is one of the identification tactics

  5. The javelin is only effective because the majority of Russian tanks are s***. Russian armour doctrine determines 2 types of MBT. An effective and expensive one such as T-64 and T-80 and then the budget cheaper models to fill the ranks such as T-72 and T-90, most other nations just have smaller number of advanced tanks that include APS systems which pretty much makes the javelin obselete, some have even been recorded intercepting sabot shells going over 2000m/s. If Russia turned around and slapped 'Afgahanit' APS on its tanks like it should have done 10 years ago it wouldn't be having this problem. Or at least to the same degree.

  6. Why publish what are practically instructions on how to use Javelins? Just seems stupid and in favor for Putin… Ya know, the crazy guy running the Russian army that will eventually acquire some Javelins…

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