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    The U.S. Army and McDonnell Company are now developing an anti-tank weapon that hurls guided?

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    The U.S. Army and McDonnell Company are now developing an anti-tank weapon that hurls guided missiles and is fired from an infantryman's shoulder. Its name.... "DRAGON". The new tank killer was formerly known as MAW, derived from initials describing the type of weapon (Medium Anti-tank Assault Weapon).

    "DRAGON" is the Army's first guided missile system light and portable enough to be carried and fired by one man but powerful enough to destroy tanks and other infantry target. It weighs about 27 pounds.

    Highly accurate against both moving and stationary targets, "DRAGON" will be far superior in range, accuracy, and lethality to the current medium anti-tank assault weapon it will replace, the 90 mm recoilless rifle.

    Successful test firings of an exploratory development configuration of "DRAGON" have been conducted at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, headquarters of the Missile Command which directs the program.

    Because of its light weight, "DRAGON" is particularly suited for airborne or airmobile operations and for employment in areas where terrain is difficult for vehicles. In addition to destroying armor, it can be used against bunkers and other field fortifications.

    With "DRAGON", which employs a command-to-line-of-sight guidance system, no ranging or leading the target is required. All the gunner has to do is keep his sight on the target.

    The Army says "DRAGON" will be so simple to operate that it can be used by field troops without extensive training.

    Sequences show several test firing of the "DRAGON" medium anti-tank assault weapon.

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