Yes, I agree. But producing excellent weapons doesn't mean that you become immune from bean-counting, or from questionable, but nice-looking and fashionable technology development trends.
Btw, bill is not wire guided, but laser beam riding missile. And it is in NO WAY an equivalent to Metis or Milan, they're much lighter and more transportable (full bill system weighs something like 50 kg, I assure you, hauling that weight in battlefield conditions is not an easy task). It would be much more appropriate to compare it to higher tier ATGMs.
About potential friendly fire. I was thinking that majority of ATGMs have self-destruct feature for exactly those kinds of situations, haven't they?
Yes, I'm aware, that US military has AT weapons other than Javelin
And thanks for insight about US/Russian missile systems, but I sort of already knew that too
Now I'll examine the following:
Yes, they have the option to engage enemy with AT4 and Javelin, but not only those. US military also has Carl Gustav at it's disposal, and there were some plans to re-introduce M67 recoilless rifles (not sure if that has materialized though). Also US won't be shy about using trophy SPG-9s if needed.
" and when the target is a group of enemy in a bunker or building then you can't use the fire and forget mode of Javelin anyway... that only works with vehicles with engines turned on."
Well, if enemy is in the bunker, or in the vehicle with engine turned off, that means, he's immobile, and therefore, susceptible to Artillery or CAS strikes, isn't he?
"Metis-M1 can be ready to fire from the march."
You have misunderstood me. I meant, the operator doesn't have to guide the missile when it fires, so less strain is put on him.
"Javelin is only fire and forget against vehicle targets with lockable IR signatures... which equates to only a very small fraction of battlefield targets."
Javelin has an Imaging Infra Red seeker, so target doesn't have to be very hot to have a lock-on at him.
"How? Javelin and Spike cannot receive target data from other sources and guide itself to a target based on that data.
A Metis-M1 operator could receive the same target data... locate the target and fire rather faster than an operator of Javelin as there is no lock time."
Yes, they can. Actually, automated information systems are nothing special and are not limited to any particular guidance technique. Here's an example of Russian ATGM automated control system.
Now, because 3rd gen ATGMs are not limited by line-of-sight, they've much more potential utilising this kind of systems.
Also, I don't really know Javelin's lock-on time specifications, so can't really comment on that. But please note, that Javelin's crew, because they don't need to guide the missile, can reload much faster after firing, if needed. So, even if Javelin takes time to aquire the target (and I really doubt that it is much, anyway), that's more than compensated, in case multiple firings are required.
"Metis-M1 also has a reduced signature launch capability."
No, it hasn't.
"Range limitation is seeker acquisition range and has nothing to do with flight profile. The lofted trajectory along with its low flight speed actually makes it vulnerable to enemy fire."
Seeker range is not a limitation, if Lock-on-after-launch feature is applied. And I believe, that any object, regardless if it's high or low, in the ground, or underwater, is vulnerable to enemy's fire (only God is invulnerable ). Besides, I don't know of any man portable ATGM, going faster than transonic. So, I don't think, that in this case, survivability because of speed, really matters, anyway.
"Kornet EM uses ACLOS and should be able to follow high speed targets including aircraft... and lofted Javelins..."
Yes, ACLOS is a pretty welcome feature in ATGMs, that allows to engage fast targets more effectively (althouth not to the extent, that FF missiles could provide). Also, I would be very cautious about Kornet's ability to engage aircraft (or another missiles). It is, after all, just a Mach 1 missile, and I'm pretty sure, doesn't contain air interception algorithms in it's software, lowering Pk even further.
"METIS-M1 pretty much covers all those features"
Is it a fact, or just an opinion?
"The costs listed were for the US army which was buying Javelin missiles... 175K is the missile price... add quarter of a million for the launcher too!"
As I mentioned, I don't really know the details of this contract, but I'm strongly inclined to believe, that this contract wasn't just for missiles and their launchers, but also spare parts, maintenance, operator training and so on.