The AGM-114 Hellfire missile is one of the mainstays of attack helicopters, such as the AH-64 Apache, in many countries. But the fact that the Armed Forces do not yet have modern helicopters does not prevent the use of this high-precision weapon.
And, as ArmiyaInform writes, which managed to communicate with the operators of the RBS-17 complex, which uses AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. We will remind you that they were transferred by Sweden and Norway, where they are used as anti-ship or rather anti-boat complexes.
According to the fighter with the call sign “Banker,” the complex itself does not differ much from how it is used in the armed forces of Norway and Sweden, of course, excluding the targets. So, the calculation is divided between the launcher itself, which three people service, and the laser illuminator, with which two fighters work.
The illuminator is necessary for the AGM-114 Hellfire with a semi-active laser homing head to hit a target irradiated with a laser. For this, fighters with an illuminator must be located at the front edge and have direct visibility of the target and a reliable connection with the launcher.
The launcher itself is located in the depth of the positions, several kilometers away and operates in the firing mode from a closed position. And after the target is illuminated, it is launched at a range of up to 8 km, while the missile, depending on the range, flies at an altitude of 100-400 meters and hits the target from the mountain.
As noted, the complex has 100% efficiency and all AGM-114 Hellfire Hit the target. As for the latter, these are usually the enemy’s firing positions, dugouts or lightly armored vehicles because missiles with a high-explosive warhead are used.
But there are versions with a cumulative warhead, which is necessary to destroy tanks and thermobaric to destroy manpower in shelters.