(Man Portable Anti-Tank System
, also a Hebrew
word for explosion
) is a laser
-beam riding anti-tank guided missile
developed by Israel Military Industries
as a possible successor to U.S. wire-guided BGM-71 TOW
MAPATS is capable of day and night operation, while the gunner has to direct his laser designator on the target until the missile impacts. First revealed in 1984, it has no trailing wire; so it can be fired over water at naval targets or from sea to land, unlike wire-guided ATGMs. The launcher has an elevation capacity up to +30°, so MAPATS can be used in the anti-helicopter role. Externally, MAPATS is very similar in appearance to the TOW 2.
The newer version of MAPATS, developed in the early 1990s
, has a new engine and better laser guidance. Some new warheads were developed by RAFAEL Armament Development Authority
, including the tandem HEAT
warhead and the HE bunker buster warhead.
- Effective range: 300 - 5,000 meters
- Length: 148 cm
- Diameter: 156 mm
- Missile itself: 18 kg
- Missile in canister: 29 kg
- Launcher: 66 kg
- Propulsion: 2 stage solid rocket motor
- Penetration: 1,200 mm
- Guidance: IR-laser-beam riding
- Warhead: HEAT, HE
MAPATS is sometimes nicknamed Hutra (in Hebrew: חוטרא) - an Aramic word for "stick".