Advanced Russian Kornet anti-tank missile system can penetrate any armor, expert says


MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Russia’s Kornet anti-tank missile system is capable of breaking through any intelligent active armor protection system with a twin missile launch, the editor of the independent military journal Dmitry Litovkin told TASS on Wednesday.

“It was emphasized that the Kornet self-propelled anti-tank missile systems can fire in tandem mode, in particular, two missiles can be launched at once in a single command and control field to break through the active armor protection system The two missiles launched in this way follow each other in a single laser beam with a short interval, which helps to deceive the armor’s intelligent protection systems, such as the Israeli Iron Fist developed by IMI,” said the expert.

This system works by firing a group of striking elements towards an incoming missile detected by its radar sensor to destroy the attacking element. However, this protection can fail against the Kornet because the second missile will accurately hit the target, even if the first projectile is destroyed, the expert explained.

Various aerosols and fumes are also used to protect the armor, the expert pointed out. “However, this does not significantly reduce the effectiveness of the Kornet smart missile,” Litovkin said.

“Even if a smoke screen suddenly emerges 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 will probably not have time to change its position and will be annihilated, despite the smoke,” the expert stressed.

Tandem load ammunition

Kornet missiles possess both the ability to attack a target with a twin launch and tandem charge warheads that strike explosive reactive armor and puncture various supplemental armor plates, he said.

“It is important to note that the missile has a tandem charge high-explosive warhead. This means that two charges are detonated in one attack. erases directly,” said the expert.

Additional armor plates are frequently used to protect against such munitions, Litovkin noted.

“While experts say the slat armor protects against standard high-explosive munitions, it is less effective against tandem-charged high-explosive munitions similar to those used by the Kornet,” the military expert pointed out.

Kornet anti-tank missile system

The Kornet anti-tank missile system is designed to strike tanks and other armored targets, including vehicles equipped with advanced reactive armor and active protection systems. The missile is directed by a laser beam. The firing range of the Kornet anti-tank missile system has been extended to 8 km, while its previous versions had an engagement range of 5.5 km.

Deputy Director General of the High Precision Weapons Company (part of the state technology company Rostec), Sergey Mikhailov, said in early December that the Kornet-EM anti-tank missile system can be adapted to any type of chassis. In its basic modification, the Kornet-EM is mounted on two telescopic masts that carry four missiles each, he said.

The Kornet is also popular among foreign customers. Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev told TASS at the Army 2021 international arms fair on August 23 that Russia had received several requests regarding the potential delivery of self-propelled Kornet-EM systems. based on Tigr armored vehicles to foreigners. clients.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Nov. 25 following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi that the first batch of Russian-made Kornet missile launchers would be delivered to Serbia by the end of this year.


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