|«||The NLAW (Next Generation Light Armor Weapon) is portable, short range, fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile system recently fielded by the British contingent in Takistan.
|Type||Anti-Tank Missile Launcher|
The NLAW is a portable fire-and-forget, guided missile launcher.
It uses missiles with 150 mm high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warheads that are capable of hitting targets at distances of between 800 and up to 1,200 metres away. The launcher comes with an integrated ACOG scope with a magnification strength of 3x.
Unlike the Javelin, the NLAW has the advantage of being lighter to wield as each missile only occupies three inventory slots instead of six. This permits a lone AT gunner to carry a single backup missile, allowing for a total of two missiles per user without having to rely on another trooper to carry additional munitions for them in a backpack.
Additionally, in stark contrast to the Javelin, there is minimal risk of the missile missing its target at close range. This is because the missile flies directly towards its target rather than using a curved trajectory like the Javelin. As such, it is much more effective at attacking vehicles that would otherwise be too close for the Javelin's missile to reliably hit.
The NLAW only supports loading one type of missile. It requires three inventory slots to carry:
|Damage type||Base damage value|
|High-Explosive / Kinetic||550|
The missile is always launched with an initial velocity of 40 m/s and takes a further 2 seconds to reach a maximum speed of 340 m/s in flight. The warhead has a blast radius of 2 metres.
- ArmA 2's NLAW is strangely depicted as a reloadable weapon. In reality, the actual NLAW cannot be reused after firing its missile and must be discarded.
- The in-game NLAW also lacks the ability to utilise Predicted Line-Of-Sight (PLOS) guidance when attacking vehicles, and is restricted to direct fire only.
- In earlier versions of ArmA 3, the NLAW's icon was erroneously used as the icon for the PCML despite the in-game model being completely different visually.
- Following the latest Community Configuration Project updates, the NLAW was given a two second lock-on delay and can no longer acquire targets instantly.
Weapons of comparable role and configuration
- FGM-148 Javelin (USMC/U.S. Army/British Army heavy ATGM counterpart)
- PCML (NATO successor, ArmA 3 only)
|British Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)|
|Assault rifles||L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL)|
|Designated marksman rifles||L86A2 LSW 5.56 mm|
|Sniper rifles||AS50 12.7 mm • LRR .338|
|Squad automatic weapons||L110A1 5.56 mm|
|Machineguns||L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mm|
|Launchers||FGM-148 Javelin • FIM-92F Stinger • NLAW|
|Static||L111A1 • L134A1|
|(Parenthesis) denote variants.|
British Armed Forces