I was just skimming through the posts, seeing if anyone else reported on the Javelin.Javelin! $100,000 a pop and worth every penny! Lock sight on tank and fire. Run away if you like - it’s “fire and forget”. The missile rises to come straight down on the tank top (thinnest armor there). 95 percent success rate.
Being a Russian tanker now has a short life span. These shoulder mounted weapons can hit a tank from well over 2500 meters away. Ukraine soliders, or even civilians could be hiding in any apartment or store, or even in a car, fire quickly, destroying the tank and those inside. The downside - whoever fires this rocket will easily be spotted from the blast, and missle trail, especially at night. Other tanks will zero in quickly for the kill. From a military perspective, taking at one entire tank and crew is worth the one life of who fired the Javelin.
My first job in the Marines was as a Dragon anti tank team member. The Javelin is what eventually replaced the Dragon. This system only had a range of 1000 meters, and was a wire guided system, which means when I pulled the trigger to launch the missile, a wire was attached for the entire flight of the missle, and I would aim the missle with my sights, and the wire would allow the missle to make some corrections in its path. We were told back then if we ever go in combat with this weapon, pull the trigger once, and you probably will never get another chance, so make it count…. Luckily, never had to deploy with it.