Studies for a high-performance antitank missile began in 1974, coincidentally coinciding with the development of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. Actually the new missile was a direct descendant of the projected AGM-64 Hornet developed a few years earlier by North American Aviation but never entered service. However, this missile served as a test bed for different laser and electro-optical guidance systems of other bombs and missiles and directly in the terminal guidance system of what ended up being the AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missile.

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Country of origin

United States




Anti-tank guided missile

Entered service


Missile/bomb dimensions, (length x diameter)

1.62 x 0.178 meters

Missile/bomb weight

From 44.8 to 49 kg

Missile speed

From 1.17 to 1.3 Mach (1,433 to 1,592 km/h)

Missile range

8 km

Guidance system

Semi-active laser homing – Millimeter-Wave radar seeker with inertial guidance

Warhead, (explosive charge)

Weight: 8 or 9 kg – Type: HEAT single or tandem charge layout – Blast fragmentation/incendiary – Special Kinetic (metal blades)