The widely used LAV-25 vehicle, has a specific variant for the anti-tank combat designed as LAV-AT. In the mid-80’s the US Marine Corps needed a highly mobile armored vehicle that was able to deal with the enemy tanks. Then, it was decided to install the Emerson 901 “Hammerhead” turret, the same of the M-901 ITV system, on the omnipresent LAV-25 chassis. The turret is actually a twin missile launcher for TOW, (LAV-AT), or TOW-2, (LAV-ATA1), anti-tank guided missiles. The vehicle carries two missiles into the launcher for immediate use and 14 reload missiles inside the hull. LAV-AT is fully protected against 7.62mm and 12.7mm rounds on the frontal area. It is in service only with the US Marine Corps, and since 2017 are being modified to the improved LAV-ATM variant. In this new model the Emerson 901 turret is replaced by the new Modified Target Acquisition System (MTAS) turret, capable of firing both the wire-guided and radio frequency TOW missiles. It also has an improved thermal sight and better video sight display for the commander/gunner and the Far Target Location system.

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Country of origin

United States


General Dynamics Land Systems


Anti-tank missile carrier

Entered service




Combat weight

12,525 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

6.39 x 2.50 x 2.69 meters

Armour, (maximum)

All welded steel: 10mm

Power plant

1 x Detroit Diesel 6V53T diesel engine, 275 hp


102 km/h on road – 11 km/h on water


480 km


1 x Emerson 901/901A1 Turret with TOW/TOW-2 atgw + 1 x 7.62mm MG + 8 x smoke grenade dischargers


16 x TOW/TOW.2 missiles + 1,000 x 7.62mm rounds + 16 x smoke grenades

Missile/bomb weight

TOW, 18.90 or19.10 kg – TOW.2, 21.50 or 22.60kg

Missile speed

TOW: 1,000 km/h – TOW.2: 1,152 km/h

Missile range

TOW: 3 km – TOW.2: 4.5 km

Guidance system

Wired guided

Warhead, (explosive charge)

Type: HE, 2.40 kg – HEAT, 3.90 kg (TOW missile)
Type: HE,3.10 kg – HEAT, 5.90 kg – EFP,6.14 kg (TOW.2 missile)