Vickers Vigilant

The Vickers Vigilant was a British 1960s era MCLOS wire guided anti-tank missile used by the British Army that was also licence-built in the USA for the US Marine Corps as Clevite.

Vickers Vigilant
Class Missile
Type Surface to Surface
Manufacturer Vickers-Armstrongs
Origin United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain)
Country Name Origin Year
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) 1956
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Vigilant was a private development begun in 1956 by the Vickers-Armstrongs Guided Weapons Department at Brooklands, Surrey for the anti-tank role in the British Army, the name being formed from VIsually Guided Infantry Light ANti-Tank missile. Vigilant was wire-guided and optically tracked, like its successor Swingfire. As well as infantry use, it could be mounted on vehicles such as the Ferret armoured car and Land Rovers. Vigilant had a short service life: Swingfire started to replace Vigilant from 1966 onwards.

Type Wire-guided Anti-tank missile
Place of origin UK
Service history
In service 1960s
Used by United Kingdom, Finland, Kuwait,Dubai, Switzerland, United States of America
Wars none
Production history
Designed 1956
Manufacturer Vickers-Armstrong (Aircraft) Ltd
Weight 31 lb (14 kg)
Length 3.5 ft (1.07 m)
Diameter 0.12 m
Warhead HEAT, 6 kg
Engine I.C.I. dual-thrust solid fuel rocket
Wingspan 0.27 m
200 m to 1375 m
Flight ceiling n/a
Speed 348 mph (155.6 m/s)
MCLOS wire-guided
control surfaces
infantry or vehicle

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