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Russian Aerospace Forces Tested Newest Surface-to-Air Missile System

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The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have tested the Kornet newest antitank missile system that is able to destroy ground and air targets, including helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Russian Aerospace Forces Tested Newest Surface-to-Air Missile System

Photo: Vitaly V. Kuzmin

The Russian Defense Ministry has finished the latest phase of testing the Kornet newest antitank missile system that is able to equally effectively destroy ground and air targets, including helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, which are difficult to detect and defeat, the Izvestiya newspaper reported on Friday. The new system, developed by the Tula Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), should protect the S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system from hitting by enemy’s saboteurs, armored vehicles and drones.

“The latest phase of the testing was finished successful. The Tula’s complex has coped with all tasks,” a representative of the Defense Ministry, familiar with the situation, explained. “We can say that now the product is in a high degree of readiness. Therefore, we plan to complete all remaining work in the near future.”

The Kornet-EM movable antitank missile system, mounted on the Tigr armored vehicle’s chassis, has been for the first time publicly presented during the Victory Parade on May 9, 2015. The difference between the latest model and ordinary armored vehicles can be seen only when two launchers with eight missiles, hidden in protective containers, rise from the vehicle’s body.

“The principle of the Kornet’s operating process is quite simple. The complex’s launcher directs a laser beam at the target. The missile’s target seeking device ‘sees’ this beam and hit the target, following the laser beam,” an editor of the Militaryrussia information website, Dmitry Kornev, told Izvestiya. “The missile launcher is equipped not only with an infrared thermal imaging camera, but also with an automatic target tracking system, which independently keeps the target in the laser beam until it will be destroyed.”

According to the expert, due to a very high speed and precision of the laser illumination system, as well as to a possibility of the 9M133 standard missile of the Kornet complex to reach a speed of 320 meters per second, the newest antitank missile system is able to destroy not only a tank, but also high-speed combat helicopters and drones, characterized by high maneuverability.

Export versions of Russian antitank missile systems of the previous generation have already taken part in the hostilities. In particular, the Al-Masirah Yemeni TV channel published several videos of the Yemeni Armed Forces’ attacks on the Saudi military positions, during which missiles of the antitank complex destroyed several military vehicles, including one of the most protected tanks in the world, the M1A2 Abrams.

Today, Russian weapons and military hardware are becoming more popular, especially in Arab countries, Africa and Asia, where there are armed conflicts. The reason for this growing popularity is testing of the military equipment in actual fighting in Syria, where it has already established itself with the best hand.

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