Serbia to receive this month Russian-made Kornet anti-tank guided missile
According to information released by the Serbian Minister of Defense, Mister Nebojša Stefanović, Serbia will receive in December 2021, Russian Kornet anti-tank guided missile that will be used by the 72nd Special Operations Brigade. The Russian missile will be mounted on the Milosh, a 4x4 armored vehicle.
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Russian-made Kornet-EM anti-tank missile launcher unit and its missile. (Picture source Army Recognition)
In recent months, Russia handed over to Serbia 30 T-72B1MS tanks and 30 BRDM-2MS armored personnel carriers. From 2018 to February 2020, Russia donated four Mi-35M helicopters, six MiG-29 fighters, 10 BRDM-2 amphibious armored scout cars, three Mi-17V-5 transport helicopters, and Pantsir-S1 air-defense missile-gun systems to Serbia as military-technical assistance.
The Kornet (NATO reporting name AT-14 Spriggan), Russian designation 9M133, is a modern Russian-made man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) designed to destroy main battle tanks. The export version of the Kornet is named Kornet-E.
The Kornet anti-tank missile was unveiled in October 1994 by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau. The development of the missile started in 1988 and entered into service with the Russian armed forces in 1998.
The 9M133 missile together with its 9P163-1 tripod launcher and 1PN79-1 thermal sight forms the 9K135 missile system, which can be carried and operated by a two-person infantry crew. The transfer to the firing position takes less than one minute, and preparation and production of a shot in at least one second. Kornet's anti-tank missile system has been fitted with the top attack capability.
The Kornet missile fitted with its tandem HEAT warhead is able to penetrate over 1.000 mm of reactive armor. Alternatively, a thermobaric warhead is available for use against structures and infantry in open areas. The Kornet has a maximum firing range of 5.5 km in day conditions and 3.5 to 4.5 km when using the night sight. The Kornet-M variant has an increased maximum range of 8 to 10 km. The 9M133M Kornet-EM is an improved variant introduced in 2012 that is designed to defeat vehicles with explosive reactive armor (ERA).