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An Anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) is a missile the primary purpose of which is to hit and destroy tanks. An alternative name is Anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW). ATGMs can be guided into the target by several methods, such as laser guiding, laser marking, TV camera, wire-guiding etc. The most advanced ATGMs have options for "fire-and-forget" and even "fire-and-fix". Anti-tank weapons like Bazookas and RPGs are not considered ATGMs since they don't have any guidance system.


Some ATGMs, listed by country




  • Rafael's SPIKE family
    • SPIKE-SR (short range)
    • SPIKE-MR (medium range) Gil
    • SPIKE-LR (long range)
    • SPIKE-ER (extra long range) - can be fitted on helicopter gunships
  • Orev (upgraded Tow)


  • Bakter-Shikan


  • AT-1
  • AT-2 Swatter (Soviet designation 3K11 Falanga)
  • AT-3 Sagger (9K11 Malyutka)
  • AT-4 Spigot (9K111 Fagot)
  • AT-5 Spandrel (9K113 Konkurs)
  • AT-6 Spiral (9K114 Shturm)
  • AT-7 Saxhorn (9K115 Metis)
  • AT-8 Songster (9K112 Kobra), fired through smoothbore tank gun tubes of T-64B and T_72
  • AT-9 Ataka (AT-9 Ataka)
  • AT-10 Stabber (9K116 Bastion)
  • AT-11 Sniper (9K120 Svir/Refleks), fired through smoothbore tank gun tubes. Svir on later T-64BV, T-72BM, and T-72S; Refleks on T-80, T-84, and T-90
  • AT-12 Sheksna (9K118 Sheksna)
  • AT-13 Metis-M (9K131 Metis-M)
  • AT-14 Kornet

External link: Antitank weapons (http://www.armscontrol.ru/atmtc/Arms_systems/Land/Missiles/AntiTankMissile/atinfo.htm) at armscontrol.ru.

United Kingdom

United States

  • Javelin
  • TOW

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BCT IDE - IAV Family of Vehicles - ATGM (0 words)
The ATGM is based on the ICV platform due to the close parallels of operational requirements and battlefield capabilities between the two systems.
The ATGM is an organic vehicle to the ICV maneuver formation and helps maximize commonality of the platform while simultaneously reducing the maintenance footprint and variety of logistics support.
The brigade commander will utilize the brigade’s separate antitank company, armed with these ATGM MAVs, to shape the battlefield, to reinforce the brigade’s infantry battalions, to serve as a member of the brigade reserve, to reinforce the brigade reconnaissance squadron in the counter-reconnaissance fight, and to counterattack the enemy’s operations.
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