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3 kg in launch tube), benefiting from the extreme accuracy provided by infrared homing, which allows for a lightweight warhead.
Army Strategic Defense Command and the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO), KITE tests are designed to resolve critical technology issues related to the intercept of re-entry vehicles within the Earth's atmosphere, using an infrared homing seeker and a non-nuclear warhead.
Capable of long-range interdiction, defense suppression, tactical reconnaissance and long-range air defense, it is equipped with Skyflash radar guided missiles and AIM-9L Sidewinder infrared homing air-to-air missiles.
Northrop Grumman then developed the laser-homing Viper Strike derivative of the Bat, which in baseline form employs acoustic and infrared homing (and GPS and millimetre-wave guidance in its P3I form).