New weapons are always being developed. The reason is simple; every country wants to have the best. In America, we have the best. Our way of protecting this is through our military. One reason our armed forces is the greatest, is the technology we have in our weapons.
The FGM-148 Javelin is an anti-tank guided missile, more commonly called the “Javelin.” The Javelin is a fire-and-forget type of missile that locks onto its target before it gets fired with its automatic self-guidance. The missile attacks armored vehicles, mostly tanks from the top, where the armor is usually thinner. Unless it is commanded to take a “direct-attack,” which would get used when fired against buildings.
The Javelin has a peak altitude of 150 meters. The missile, not the gun, has an imaging infrared seeker so that it knows where it is going incase its target moves.
The missile has two explosive charges. One to detonate any “explosive reactive” armor and the other, its primary charge; is to penetrate the armor of its target.
The missile is fired from its “launcher,” (what actually shoots the missile) so that it will not ignite the main rockets used to propel itself in a dangerous distance from its shooter. This is called a “soft launch arrangement.” Since the missile is fire-and-forget, the firing team can move on immediately after the missile is launched, making it a very desirable weapon in the field.
Thermobaric weapons, also know as “vacuum bombs,” are different from others because they use atmospheric oxygen instead of having an oxidizer on the explosive.
Vacuum guns produce more energy than conventional explosives. The weapon has two possible explosives. One is an explosive liquid, and the other is a powdered substance.
The gun is initiated upon firing. The fuel undergoes an “aerobic reaction” which mixes it with surrounding gases, instead of using atmospheric oxygen like most fuel-air-explosives; because of this, the vacuum gun is very...