The 9M133 Kornet (NATO name: AT-14 Spriggan) first entered service with the Russian military in 1998. The portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) is intended to counter main battle tanks (MBTs). ). And if Russian officials are to be believed, it is capable of destroying just about any armored ground vehicle in the world, including those equipped with Reactive Explosive Armor (ERA). It can also be used against fortifications, combat assets and maintenance facilities.
The third generation ATGM was developed to replace the Fagot and Konkurs missile systems. However, it never completely replaced previous systems, due to its high cost.
This week, Dmitry Litovkin, editor-in-chief of the Russian newspaper Independent military review, further highlighted how ATGM is also able to break through any intelligent active armor protection system with paired missile launch.
“It was pointed out that Kornet self-propelled anti-tank missile systems can fire in tandem mode, in particular, two missiles can be launched at the same time in a single command and control field to break through the active protection system of the armor enemy, ”said Litovkin. told TASS on Wednesday. “The two missiles thus launched succeed each other in a single laser beam with a short interval, which allows to trick intelligent protection systems of the armor, like the Israeli Iron Fist developed by IMI.”
Intelligent protection systems such as IMI work by firing a group of strike elements at an incoming missile detected by its radar sensors. This can successfully destroy the attack weapon, but this protection can fail against the Kornet when a second missile is fired.
The platform can overcome other attempts to protect an armored vehicle, including the deployment of aerosols and smoke.
“However, this does not significantly reduce the effectiveness of the Kornet smart missile,” Litovkin added. “Even though a smoke screen suddenly appears as a missile approaches a target, the missile does not lose control and continues to move along the original flight path. Given the speed of the missile, the target is unlikely to have time to change position. and will be annihilated, despite the smoke. “
Other advantages offered by the Kornet missile are that it can attack a target by both a pair of launch and tandem charge warheads, which can strike explosive reactive armor and pierce various additional armor plates and are increasingly used to protect against such ammunition. .
“It is important to note that the missile has a highly explosive tandem charge warhead,” Litovkin said. “This means that two charges explode in an attack. The first lead charge removes reactive armor from the target while the tracking charge erases it directly. While experts say battened armor protects against ammunition standard explosives, it is less effective against tandem-charge explosive ordnance similar to that employed by the Kornet. “
The Kornet ATGM is typically operated by a two-person crew and can be pulled from its traditional tripod assembly, while it can also be fitted to a variety of tracked and wheeled vehicles. The missile is directed by a laser beam and the system has a range of up to eight kilometers. An export version, the Kornet-E, was employed by the Iraqi military against US and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, where it was credited with the destruction / decommissioning of several US Army vehicles, including an M1 Abrams MBT.
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