Medium anti-tank weapons (MAT) - UNITAF Force Manual (FM)


Group

Medium anti-tank weapons (MAT)
The FM outlines our core skills, policies and guides to ensure every member stands ready for the mission ahead.



Guide
FM/BG-116 - What is a medium anti-tank team (MAT)?
Guide

A medium anti-tank (MAT) team is a rocket team that is capable of delivering accurate and deadly direct-fire against tanks, bunkers, buildings, and other suitable hard targets. They are commonly attached to a platoon when assaulting fortified positions or when enemy armored assets are expected. Two example MAT weapons are the SMAW and MAAWS launchers.

Policy
FM/BP-117 - What classifies as a MAT weapon system?
Policy

A medium anti-tank weapon system is an anti-tank weapon that meets the following criteria:

  • Is not guided
  • Is re-loadable
  • Often has multiple round types for a variety of uses
AT Rifleman (Medium) engaging a Russian IFV with a M2 Carl Gustav

Above: AT Rifleman (Medium) engaging a Russian IFV with a M2 Carl Gustav

Skill
FM/BS-76 - Hit static vehicle targets within the effective range of the unguided weapon system
Skill

Hit non-moving (static) vehicle targets:

  • Within the effective range of the weapon
  • While using a unguided weapon system
Skill
FM/BS-99 - Hit moving vehicle targets within the effective range of the unguided weapon system
Skill

Hit moving (non static) vehicle targets:

  • Within the effective range of the weapon
  • While using an unguided weapon system
Skill
FM/BS-127 - Prioritize vehicle targets
Skill

Prioritize vehicle targets based on the following factors:

  • Urgency of the threat: immediate threats should be engaged first, with vehicles posing no threat either engaged last or not engaged at all.
  • Success chance: every engagement should have the highest possible likelihood to succeed. In any case, refrain from shooting when:
    • the target is out of range
    • the target is moving too fast
    • the target cannot be effectively damaged
  • Future considerations: do not engage vehicles when doing so might have negative effect later. e.g. shooting an AT-4 at technical, when expecting BMPs.
Skill
FM/BS-125 - Aim at the correct part of a vehicle with an unguided launcher
Skill

When shooting an unguided rocket, use the following criteria to determine the part of a vehicle to aim for:

  • Will the rocket penetrate? Generally the front of the vehicle will be the strongest part, while the rear will be the weakest. Impact angle should be as close to 90° as possible.  
  • Will the rocket cause damage? The rocket needs to hit a certain part of a vehicle to do damage to it. The best components to hit are the turret and the engine, with worst being the passenger compartment. Keep in mind different types of ammunition will affect the type and amount of damage a vehicle takes from a hit.
From top left to bottom right: Rear, Flank, Frontal, Frontal Oblique, Rear Oblique

Above: From top left to bottom right: Rear, Flank, Frontal, Frontal Oblique, Rear Oblique

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