The Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle (ATGM) is the brigade's primary tank killing system. The ATGM reinforces the brigade's infantry battalion, reinforces the brigade reconnaissance squadron and provides long-range direct fires.
General: The ATGM vehicle provides an antitank overwatch capability that allows the Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) to concentrate on decisive maneuver by dismounted infantry. It represents the primary tank killer of the SBCT, capable of defeating any armored threat out to extended ranges. The ATGM Vehicle provides standoff for the force by use of its precision long-range capability capable of destroying enemy armor beyond tank gun effective range.
Operational Capability: The ATGM is based on the ICV platform due to the close parallels of operational requirements and battlefield capabilities between the two systems. The ATGM is an organic vehicle to the ICV maneuver formation and helps maximize commonality of the platform while simultaneously reducing the maintenance footprint and variety of logistics support.
The ATGM will provide the brigade’s primary tank killing capability. The ATGM will fire the brigade’s heavy antitank missiles to destroy high value threat targets at extended ranges in order to defeat enemy armor before the enemy tanks can return effective fires. The brigade commander will utilize the brigade’s separate antitank company, armed with these ATGM, to shape the battlefield, to reinforce the brigade’s infantry battalions, to serve as a member of the brigade reserve, to reinforce the brigade reconnaissance squadron in the counter-reconnaissance fight, and to counterattack the enemy’s operations. This dedicated ATGM system allows the remainder of the brigade’s fleet to be optimized for specific capabilities that can function under the antitank overwatch umbrella.
Multiple missiles and rapid reload capabilities facilitate multiple target engagements in high intensity fights.
Facilitates the ability of the crew to provide for self-defense against local attacks.
After ready rounds are fired, crewman will need to rearm the launcher. In a combat environment, the time and degree to which he is exposed must be minimized.
Allows commander to independently locate secondary targets while gunner is engaging primary. Also facilitates overlapping scanning of sector.
The ATGM will be manned by a vehicle commander, gunner, loader, and driver. These four personnel are required to operate the vehicle in a tactical environment and carry the equipment if the missile launcher is employed in a dismounted mode.