The Insane Engineering of the Javelin

The Insane Engineering of the Javelin

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References:
[1] https://www.jstor.org/stable/25778441
[2] Field Manual Headquarters No. 3-22.37 Javelin
[3] https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/03/american-volunteer-foreign-fighters-ukraine-russia-war/627604/
[4] https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1464420717753233

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49 Responses

  1. Real Engineering says:

    Here’s the latest episode of the Battle of Britain. It’s fucking good. Trust me https://nebula.app/videos/realengineering-battle-of-britain-ep-3-the-dowding-system

  2. a dud says:

    I would be interested in a similar video about the stinger.

    • calholli says:

      @Terje Oseberg So they must be hacking with mechanical valves and such… since they don’t have electronics.

    • calholli says:

      @bowez9 Yeah.. But they can still buy another NLAW cheaper than a Javelin reload.. It’s all about the numbers– they just need more of them, and we have basically run out of supply– or at least, we would like to keep the other 2/3’s stockpile that we have left. It’s crazy that they have given that many away in such a short period.. But they still want more.

    • William Payton says:

      @bowez9 Javelin is not reloadable. Once fired, the tube is discarded or destroyed. It is the control unit that is reused by attaching to another missile ready round/tube.

    • Terje Oseberg says:

      @elkski Utah, Right. They’re both good, in different situations.

  3. I B Newton 🇺🇸 says:

    Forgot to mention that the FGM-148 is also effective against airborne helicopters.

    • ArmouredPhalanx says:

      @Nairuulagch …I’m going to assume that’s sarcasm… They most definitely did not.

    • Nairuulagch says:

      True Javelins destroyed more than 100 russian helicopters and jets in past two months.

    • ArmouredPhalanx says:

      @elkski Utah By all means, show me an example of it hitting a helicopter moving at 200kph… That’s well beyond anything it was designed for.

    • elkski Utah says:

      @ArmouredPhalanx easily hit a moving helicopter

    • I B Newton 🇺🇸 says:

      @jumbo fit
      They park from time-to-time. Then you don’t need a Javelin. You can do substantial damage with a BB gun. It’s really much cheaper that way. Just wait for them to come home.

  4. Chris Alden in Alaska says:

    Shaped charges are used extensively in the fields for perforating well casings and rock formations. We used to used them in 20 foot long pipes with 4 per foot connected with primer cord.

    • Jan Vesely says:

      True, the linear shaped charges are also often used to cut things like metal beams and other structures. It’s indeed one of the most interesting parts of explosive science, combining chemistry, material engineering, geometry, still with some potential to untap.

      I was fascinated by the concept of supercumulative charges, which use obscene amount of explosive and a liner in a form of semicone of inverse proportion, being wider at the start of detonation wave triggered by a ring detonator, narrowing down to the end, so by plain geometry, jet can be formed at almost arbitrarily short time, achieving speeds order of magnitude higher than classic hollow charge. The big challenge is to keep whole thing stable, as it requires precision even higher than in nuclear devices, yet if successful, it can produce extreme velocities and highly ionized jet, that could be aside of kinetic effect used to generate EMP if driven thru coil and other interesting uses…

    • James Harding says:

      @Robert Maybeth No, bangalores are more or less just tubes full of plastique to blow out barbed wire.

    • Chris Alden in Alaska says:

      @Robert Maybeth No, they are lowered in an oil well to a zone that they want tp produce and they shot through the casing and fracture the formation for more surface area

    • MB Guy says:

      @Robert Maybeth Just what I was thinking.

    • Robert Maybeth says:

      Isn’t that almost the same thing as a bangalore torpedo?

  5. Esteban says:

    From what I understand the Javelin can also take down a chopper in direct-mode. It’s doesn’t work in top-down mode because the blades of the chopper confuse the tracker.

    • PHOBOS1708 says:

      @DjProjectus because this device would need energyfuelmaintenance would endanger the own troops for what!? maybe 1 of 10 tanks was killed by javelin. APS systems are adiferent Story … trophy for example …

    • SomeoneOnTheInternetU'veNeverMet says:

      @Maybe Human it doesnt even need to explode, just a good kinetic energy and a helicopter will fall. compared to planes, heli’s are even more fragile, let alone vulnerable.

    • SRTech says:

      @Maybe Human Damn, I was gonna say almost the same thing! Possible SW Update/FW Patch to fix Heli tracking, but doesn’t really matter bc Helis are very weak and don’t require a top-down hit!

    • andrew weisel says:

      My man is correct 👍 all you are, actually lol. So the chopper is not well armored, as a rule. Direct attack is the preferred mode because of the blade, but it’s because the ai in the javelin needs to maintain a good lock on the thermal profile. Top is always best on armor, because that’s thinner then the front. However, no one is making anything thick enough on land that the javelin’s payload can’t defeat 🇺🇸

  6. Hardbass2021 says:

    With the Javelin now being discussed here, hope that the NLAW is the next one to be shown.

    • Oskar Vikström says:

      Yes!

    • David Wei says:

      @SuperCatacata perhaps in anticipation of you making annoying comments?

    • Francis Luglio says:

      @SuperCatacata you can cry about an innocent wish if you want I guess. Sorry that not everyone is as knowledgeable as you about what resources are already available. He didn’t say that the video had to be made and certainly didn’t say that it had to come out tomorrow. If his comment was annoying to you, you’re doing really well

    • SuperCatacata says:

      Why does every NLAW fan or Javelin fan have to make these annoying comments like they are 12 years old? It’s not a competition.

      This video probably took him over a month to make, there are plenty of other places to learn about the NLAW.

      Go take that entitlement elsewhere. Or how about you make a video about the NLAW for all of us instead of selfishly demanding more when he JUST dropped a vid?

  7. Toby Anderson says:

    Thank you. I didn’t realise how advanced these weapons were.

    • elkski Utah says:

      @Douglas Campbell i saw a video where they said the newer versions range is 4.5 km and also the warhead is more multipurpose… in Iraq and Afghanistan they were used to take out snipers in buildings and the original warhead really not that great for that or helicopters.

    • Brian Hale says:

      How do you get to hell?
      Very simple: claim that you’re innocent.

      How do you get to heaven?
      Very simple: Admit that you’re not Innocent, you’re guilty and ask for mercy.

      How to know if you’re guilty or not?
      Simply: Compare your life to the Ten Commandments God gave you in the Bible.
      Everyone agrees that if people followed the ten commandments there would be no need for governments or police.

      Do not lie.
      Do not steal.
      Do not commit adultery.
      Do not insult God by using his name as a cuss word.
      There are six more but let’s just leave it at that.

      How many lies have you told in your life?

      Have you ever taken anything that didn’t belong to you?

      Jesus said, if you look at a women lustfully you’ve already committed adultery in your heart with that woman.
      How many times a day do you do that?

      Do you use God’s name as a cuss word?
      Would you do that with your own mother’s name?

      If you answer these questions honestly you know that you’re guilty.

      God can justly punish you and send you to hell.

      Ask him for mercy.
      His name is Jesus.

      It’s as simple as this, The Ten Commandments are called the moral law. You and I broke God’s laws. Jesus paid the fine.
      The fine is death.

      Ezekiel 18:20 —
      “The soul who sins shall die.

      That’s why Jesus had to die on the cross for our sins. This is why God is able to give us Mercy.

      Option A.
      You die for your own sins.

      Option B.
      Ask for mercy and accept that Jesus died for you.

      ,,,

    • Peter Ni says:

      @Woke Middle Ukraine will probably keep them, I can only hope they won’t left in bad hands.

    • Woke Middle says:

      @Douglas Campbell I wonder what will happen to all these advanced anti armor and air weapon systems after this war is over.

    • Marty Moose says:

      @Waryan 1 Yeah, but they will trade them the intell to the Chinese for logistical support.

  8. Nick K says:

    I feel a “Logistics of Z-Day” coming… it would be a fascinating juxtaposition to a massively successful logistics operation 80 years earlier that was entirely manual and on an immensely greater scale.

    • MrNicoJac says:

      Spoiler:
      I heard Russian intel was _so_ convinced they’d be welcomed, that the troops _literally_ only brought supplies for **three** days.
      That’s just unimaginable hubris….!

    • Honk Honk says:

      This makes Americas logistical capability during Iraq look litterall herculean.
      America really just flew B-52s NONSTOP from new-orleans to fucking Iraq, and then back again.

      America litterally had to go against some of their own aircraft and protocols aswell, yet they barely had any friendly fire incidents in comparison to Russia.

      That was america during the 90s and 2000s. Imagine how Americas logistical capabilities are in 2022.
      The modern US military is more akin to fucking Amazon and Google, than a conventional army.
      If my buddy left out the marine corp part of his job, he would sound like an amazon worker to a normal person. Thats honestly impressive how NATO countries conduct modern military operations.

      Really greatfull we live in a free country where the people leading oru public sector actually have formal education and MBAs and shit, where our citizens openyl criticize our military and politiican. Apparently Russia has no concept of competition or poliitcal opposition. Thats why Putin just disregards Navalny as a “traitor”, and not a parner with helpfull criticism.

  9. Andrew C says:

    Good video, there is a fair bit of NLAW mixed in with the Javelin library footage so you shoud you do an NLAW video as well esp as its made in Belfast!

    • Brian Hale says:

      How do you get to hell?
      Very simple: claim that you’re innocent.

      How do you get to heaven?
      Very simple: Admit that you’re not Innocent, you’re guilty and ask for mercy.

      How to know if you’re guilty or not?
      Simply: Compare your life to the Ten Commandments God gave you in the Bible.
      Everyone agrees that if people followed the ten commandments there would be no need for governments or police.

      Do not lie.
      Do not steal.
      Do not commit adultery.
      Do not insult God by using his name as a cuss word.
      There are six more but let’s just leave it at that.

      How many lies have you told in your life?

      Have you ever taken anything that didn’t belong to you?

      Jesus said, if you look at a women lustfully you’ve already committed adultery in your heart with that woman.
      How many times a day do you do that?

      Do you use God’s name as a cuss word?
      Would you do that with your own mother’s name?

      If you answer these questions honestly you know that you’re guilty.

      God can justly punish you and send you to hell.

      Ask him for mercy.
      His name is Jesus.

      It’s as simple as this, The Ten Commandments are called the moral law. You and I broke God’s laws. Jesus paid the fine.
      The fine is death.

      Ezekiel 18:20 —
      “The soul who sins shall die.

      That’s why Jesus had to die on the cross for our sins. This is why God is able to give us Mercy.

      Option A.
      You die for your own sins.

      Option B.
      Ask for mercy and accept that Jesus died for you.

      ))

    • Jerry_B_100 says:

      @Davidty 2006 no it isnt the same it is different in many ways it has a shaped change that is directed at 90 Deg down. It doesn’t use the same tracking or flight methods. And it’s allot larger

    • Edmundo José Zuazua Chapa says:

      @Samuel Zackrisson yes but the NLAW costs 35,000 USD as a whole. And just the javelin missile 250,000 USD

    • Terrance Dactielle says:

      @russell it might be a joint venture but its still designed in Sweden. Made in the UK.

    • piggyslayer1999 says:

      @Davidty 2006 Very different weapon systems, you should touch up on them both, just because they both shoot EFPs does not mean they are the same, at all

  10. mgi 12321 says:

    More military engineering please 🙏
    This video was by far one of the best in your channel and that’s saying something because your videos are always great!

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