Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Saudi troops uses modern Raybolt ATGM in Yemen

The Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces use a modern South Korean-made LIG Nex1 Raybolt man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system in Yemen, according to the photographs and video posted on social media.

In social media were released imagery and videos showing the Raybolt anti-tank missile system being used during a Saudi Arabia’s military operation near the border with Yemen.

The released video footage shows a moment when Saudi troops with South Korean Raybolt anti-tank missile system successfully target motorbike of Houthi militias.


The Raybolt is an advanced mid-range homing missile system for infantry units to provide defense against country threats from tanks and next-generation armored vehicles (anti-tank rocket launcher).  The new ATGM is developed by South Korean defense firm LIG Nex1.

The Raybolt’s most notable feature is an imaging infrared seeker providing fire-and-forget capability. It also has a tandem-warhead and both direct attack and top attack modes.

The Raybolt system weight about 20 kilograms, which its manufacturer describes as lighter than peers. The Raybolt’s range is up to 2,5 km.

Experts say Raybolt is the most advanced one among the infantry weapon systems in compact and lightweight features. It is also regarded as excellent in easy operation, warhead penetration, effective range, optical performance, detection and tracking performance.

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