The launch of the Kornet missile system based on the Tiger armored car. Graphics KBP / kbptula.ru
To date, several versions of the Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems based on different chassis and launchers have been developed. In the near future, two versions of such a machine will be tested immediately, after which they will be able to enter service. This time, the base for the self-propelled anti-tank systems were the Typhoon armored cars.
The new version of equipping the K53949 Typhoon-K armored car and the placement of the Kornet-EM ATGM was first shown to the public a year and a half ago at the Army-2018 exhibition. A serial armored car was demonstrated on the site, in the fighting compartment of which two retractable automated launchers (APUs) were placed.
It should be noted that the armored car and the installation were already well known to specialists and technology lovers, but they were demonstrated for the first time as a single complex. Such a sample naturally attracted attention. The authors of the project noted the positive aspects of the new self-propelled anti-tank systems and evaluated its prospects for a commercial nature.
“Typhoon-K” with retractable installations has recently become a topic again News. January 3, Izvestia published new data on the progress of this project. As it turned out, the new development is approaching adoption, and in the near future will be able to affect the combat effectiveness of the troops.
It is reported that at the end of last year, the Instrument Design Bureau (Tula), which developed the Cornet-EM, ordered the acceptance tests of self-propelled anti-tank systems based on the Typhoon-K. During these events, the self-propelled machine was to fire using a wide range of guided missiles.
According to Izvestia, missiles with a maximum range of 10 km are used in tests along with others. In addition, a new version of the missile with a high-explosive warhead and even greater range is being tested. Such a missile has not yet entered service, but its adoption will sharply increase the combat capabilities of the ATGM.
Izvestia also reports the appearance of a new version of an armored car with missiles. This self-propelled anti-tank system is intended for the airborne troops, which affected the choice of the base landing gear. This modification of the "Cornet-EM" is based on the K4386 "Typhoon-Airborne" armored car. It is expected that such an ATGM will provide the Airborne with new opportunities. With it, units will be able to effectively deal with tanks enemy, and part of the ammunition can be used for high-precision fire support of a different kind. The technical appearance of the new self-propelled anti-tank systems has not yet been specified.
Platforms for Cornet
The well-known version of equipping Typhoon-K with Kornet-EM missiles involves the use of two retractable APUs. These installations are not new and have already found application in several self-propelled anti-tank systems. Universal APUs can be mounted on different chassis, which simplifies the creation of a self-propelled complex with predetermined mobility and protection characteristics.
The first appeared and was shown to the public a variant of the Kornet ATGM based on the Tiger armored car. In the aft compartment of such a machine, they found a place for two retractable APUs with four missiles on each. Inside the machine, an operator console and styling with 8 missiles were placed. The resulting sample is notable for its good mobility, has the required protection and can realize all the advantages of the Kornet ATGM of the corresponding versions.
To date, the "Tiger" with missiles adopted. Such equipment is supplied to the troops and used in various events. In addition, armored cars regularly participate in parades.
In 2018, for the first time, they showed another installation option for the quad Cornet-EM APU based on the K53949 armored car. In terms of layout and basic capabilities, such a self-propelled anti-tank system does not differ from a machine based on the Tiger. It also carries two launchers with eight missiles ready for launch. The operator and ammunition were placed inside.
According to the latest news, the Typhoon-K with the Cornet is still being tested. Upon completion, the issue of adoption will be decided. It can be assumed that such an ATGM has a high chance of joining the army. This outcome will contribute to a newer chassis with higher protection characteristics.
Now we know about the development of anti-tank systems based on K4386. This sample has not yet been shown, but, knowing about other projects, you can imagine the general features of its appearance. Apparently, the aft compartment of the hull is again allocated for the fighting compartment with two APUs with missiles and places for ammunition. Dimensions "Typhoon-Airborne" allow you to use two launchers at once.
The ATGM based on K4386 is just getting ready to pass the tests. However, the future prospects of this machine are clear now. It is developed specifically for the Airborne on the basis of a specialized armored car. As a result of this project, the airborne troops will be able to get modern multi-purpose missile weapons on a successful platform.
New and old rockets
According to recent reports, a new missile with an increased firing range was created for the Kornet-EM anti-tank system. Thus, the anti-tank complex turns into a multi-purpose tool for attacking various targets.
Recall that the Kornet missiles of the first modifications, such as 9M133 or 9M133M, had a firing range of no more than 5-5,5 km. Based on them were created ammunition with high-explosive warheads. The most advanced anti-tank weapon in the family at the moment is the product 9M133M-2 with a range of 8 km. The 9M133FM-3 missile delivers a high-explosive warhead to a range of 10 km. Now, a new product with similar equipment and higher flight characteristics is being reported. The index of this product is unknown.
Armored Car K4386 "Typhoon-Airborne." Photo Bmpd.livejournal.com
All this means that the Kornet-EM ATGM on any chassis — the Tiger or Typhoon of two types — can deal with a wide range of targets within a radius of several kilometers. Tanks are hit from a distance of 5-8 km, and other targets - up to 10 km when using cash missiles. A promising “nameless” missile will increase the area of responsibility of self-propelled anti-tank systems and accordingly increase the shock capabilities of troops.
Right now, we can observe how the development of ATGMs of the Kornet family and the Typhoon armored vehicles is underway, and how these two lines intersect to produce very interesting results. The first result of this kind has already been tested, and the second will go to the training ground in the near future.
New equipment with special capabilities is of great interest to our army, and is likely to be adopted soon. In addition, it may interest foreign customers. The anti-tank systems of the Cornet family are in certain demand on the international market, and new versions of execution can also become the subject of contracts.
However, all this remains a matter of the distant future. At the moment, defense enterprises and the army need to test two promising self-propelled anti-tank systems and a new long-range missile. Based on the test results, conclusions will be drawn and, probably, new supply contracts will be signed. Only after that the complexes based on the Tiger will receive an addition in the form of modern samples.