The most powerful of these capabilities are fire-and-forget, guided, top-attack missiles, the most advanced of which being the American-made Javelin. This weapon enables a single soldier to target and destroy even the most highly armored main battle tanks with a near-certain kill rate, at tremendous range, and with no danger. The only real threat to harm a tank with a missile is if it gets in the way of the warhead's impact - that is, if it lies on the ground when the missile hits it.
Other than missiles, only guns capable of reaching far beyond 300 meters (1000 feet) can pose a serious threat to tanks at close range. High-explosive shells, armor-piercing bullets, and rocket-propelled grenades are all capable of destroying or damaging tanks. However, none of these other weapons are used for hunting tanks; rather, they are employed in combat situations where accuracy over distance is important.
Finally, anti-tank mines can also be used to destroy tanks, but they are not particularly effective against modern vehicles because the drivers have protective clothing and helmets. They are still used, however, by some countries with more modern tanks.
In conclusion, only missiles able to reach far beyond 300 meters can seriously damage or destroy tanks at close range. Anti-tank guns must be set up at long ranges for effectiveness.
The javelin, while still hefty, is lighter than the other missiles and their components. The tandem-shaped charge warhead of the missile is designed to penetrate reactive armor. It has an even higher power to demolish the tank while in top assault mode because it can hit where most tanks are weakest. The missile's impact force is enough to disintegrate many types of armor.
There are two ways to use the javelin against a target: air launched or ground launched. Air launched means that it is released from a launcher driven by rocket fuel. This requires a constant source of energy to be available to drive the launcher and launch the missile. Ground launched means that the weapon is pulled by a rope from a vehicle's turret or mounted on a pole next to the vehicle. Because there is no need for fuel to drive the launcher, ground-launched missiles are more powerful than air-launched ones of the same length.
The NATO standard name for the missile is ATGM (Armored Tactical Guerilla Missile). It can be used against all types of armored vehicles including tanks, using high-explosive or kinetic warheads. The Chinese version of the javelin is called Dajiang 1 (大疆一号), and it has a similar effect on enemy armor.
Tank destroyers are vehicles specially designed to handle heavy infantry weapons and destroy enemy tanks.
The Javelin and the SRAW are both designed for defense, with the Javelin doing 25 damage every time it strikes. The SRAW, on the other hand, is more usable and just more enjoyable. The SRAW's sole flaw is its slow-moving projectile. Finally, the Mark 153 SRAW is the most effective anti-tank missile. It has the highest damage potential of all missiles and causes massive explosions when it hits its target.
Overall, the Javelin is the best anti-tank weapon because it's effective but not fun to use. The SRAW is better because it's more useful while the Mark 153 SRAW is the best anti-tank missile because it's the most powerful.
Top Ten Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missiles
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The most popular rounds used now are high explosive anti-tank (HEAT), armor piercing fin stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS), high explosive squash head (HESH), and high explosive sabot (HESH). The US Abrams tank is depicted in the image below (m828, and 829A1 are APFSDS).
Tanks also use low explosive fragmentation (LEF) and illumination (ILLUM) rounds. LEF is used for direct fire support against hard targets like buildings or armored vehicles. ILLUM rounds produce a bright light that aids night vision for the crew. Civilian versions of these weapons exist but they are not widely used by the military.
Other common round types include: ball, canister, flechette, gas, grenade, missile, nuclear, pyrotechnic, rocket, sniper, smoke, tetryon, tracer, and vibratory.
Some tanks such as the Challenger 2 can mount multiple weapon systems including autocannons, guided missiles, and laser rangefinders. Others such as the Abrams use remote-control robots called "mechs" to engage targets too dangerous for humans to handle.
Tanks were originally designed to fight other tanks. But over time they have become more capable of dealing with a wider variety of threats.