Germany – Cobra and Mamba Missiles

Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:48 pm

The Cobra missile and the Mamba missile were both developed in West Germany. They are very similar to one another in design and capability.

Neither the Cobra nor the Mamba missiles require a launch rail. Once the command cable is connected to the control box, the missile can be fired from a clearing on the ground.

Both missiles are operated by one infantryman.The missiles have a carrying handle to make them easy to handle.

Cobra missile at the German Museum in Bonn. Photo by Mathias Kabel

The Cobra and the Mamba are so similar to each  other that they can be fired and guided with the same control unit.

The Cobra, which is the older of the two missile system, was a first generation MCLOS (manual command to line of sight) guided missiles.

 It used a HEAT warhead that delivered a payload of  5.95 pounds (2.7kg) of HE. At a range of 2,187 yards (2000 meters), it was capable of penetrating 19.7 inches (500mm) of armor.

The Cobra has been replaced by the Mamba missile, which uses the more modern SACLOS (semi-automatic command to line of sight) guidance system.

The Mamba can be fired from a remote sight up to 131 yards (120m) away from the launcher. It can fire a standard 5.95 pound (2.7 kg) HEAT warhead or an AT-FRAG. 

 The Mamba weighs 24.7lbs (11.2kg) and is 37.6 inches (955mm) long.

 Its effective range is between 328 yards (300m) and 2187 yards (2000m). The Mamba’s velocity in flight is 459ft/s (140m/s). It can penetrate 18.7 inches (475mm) of armor.