**Ukraine Is Wrecking Russian Tanks With a Gift From Britain**
**by John Ismay, The New York Times, March 18, 2022**
**NLAWs, for Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons, were designed the Swedish company Saab and built in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the British Army. The newer NLAW, by comparison, weighs just under 28 pounds and has no camera — just a simple sight to aim. The NLAW, which is most accurate for targets up to only about a half mile away. The shooter tracks the target, then the missile crosses over its target and fires its charge downward.**
**The NLAW weighs about half as much as a Javelin, costs far less, can be easily discarded, and is optimized for use in the relatively short-range fights Ukrainian soldiers are getting into with the invading Russian forces.**
**The Javelin, which was designed toward the end of the Cold War, consists of two parts: a 15-pound reusable launcher that soldiers often use for reconnaissance and surveillance, given its suite of thermal cameras that can zoom in and out for finding targets, and a 33-pound disposable tube that contains the missile itself. And while the Javelin can kill tanks from as far away as two and a half miles, its missile flies slower than the NLAW. For moving targets, the Javelin can guide itself while in flight, thanks to a heat-seeker in the missile’s nose, whereas a soldier firing an NLAW simply points the weapon at a moving vehicle, engages the guidance system and tracks the target for a few seconds before firing. The missile then flies to a point where it predicts the target will be....** [end quote]
When I saw the photos of the line-up of tanks stalled on a road north of Kiev, my reaction was “sitting ducks.” Unfortunately, those ducks have flown. But that would have been a perfect setup for either type of tank-killer.
The NLAW is so light that even a (reasonbly fit) woman should be able to handle one. Guys of fighting age should be able to handle either in the field. Or set up small nests of Javelins which could be moved frequently to avoid targeting.
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon build the Javelin. US$175,203 (missile only, FY2021) US$240,000 (missile only, export cost, FY2019).
“Coulda woulda” scenarios would include arming the Ukrainian population with these tank-killers in January 2022 when the Russian buildup was seen from space.