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NM142

Anti-tank missile carrier

NM142

The Norwegian NM142 anti-tank missile carrier is broadly similar to the US M901

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 10.93 t
Length ~ 5.3 m
Width ~ 2.9 m
Height ~ 2.8 m
Missile
Missile length 1.51 m
Missile diameter 0.15 mm
Missile launch weight 21.5 kg
Warhead weight 5.9 kg
Warhead type HEAT or tandem HEAT
Range of fire 3.75 km
Guidance system Wire-guided
Armor penetration 900 mm
Number of missiles carried 8
Other weapons
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine Detroit Diesel diesel
Engine power 212 hp
Maximum road speed 64 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 5.8 km/h
Range 480 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 1.7 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The NM142 is a Norwegian anti-tank missile carrier. It is also referred as Rakettpanserjager. It seems that this vehicle was adopted in the late 1980s. Norwegian Army originally obtained around 100 of these tank hunters, however as of 2015 only 12 vehicles are in operational service. The NM142 is used by anti-tank companies.

   In concept this anti-tank missile carrier is broadly similar to the US M901. It is based on an NM113 armored personnel carrier, which is a Norwegian license-produced version of the US M113. It is fitted with a Norwegian turret, armed with TOW anti-tank guided missile launchers on either side. It was made by a Thule company. The turret can traverse through 360 degrees. Otherwise the NM142 is generally similar to the baseline NM113 APC.

   It is worth noting that the same Norwegian TOW turret with is also used on Canadian and Swiss anti-tank missile carriers. The Canadian M113 TOW version is based on an M113 APC, while the Swiss Panzerjager 90 is based on a MOWAG Piranha I 6x6 wheeled APC.

   The NM142 fires TOW 2 anti-tank guided missiles. It can also launch the older TOW missiles.

   The baseline TOW 2 missile is the BGM-71D. It has a range of 3 750 m and penetrates up to 900 mm of steel armor. There is an improved version of this missile, the BGM-71F, with a tandem warhead. It is optimized to defeat reactive armor, and penetrates up to 900 mm behind the explosive reactive armor.

   Two missiles in the launcher are ready to use. Another 6 reload missiles are carried inside the hull. Missiles are reloaded manually via the roof hatch. It takes 45 seconds for the crew to reload both missiles.

   There is also a 7.62-mm machine gun for self-defense. It is mounted over the vehicle commander's hatch.

   The NM142 anti-tank missile carrier has a welded armor hull. It is made of aluminum armor. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   Vehicle is operated by a crew of 4, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   Vehicle is powered by a Detroit Diesel 5.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 212 hp. The same engine is used on the US M113 armored personnel carriers. The NM142 is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by its tracks.

   As newer and more advanced anti-tank guided missiles appear, the NM142 missile carrier gradually becomes out dated.

 

Variants

 

   NM142F1 upgraded version with some modifications;

   M113 TOW, a Canadian version of the NM142. It uses the same Norwegian turret with TOW missiles, based on the M113 armored personnel carrier.

 
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