Antitank systems "Competition-M" and "Metis-M1" on guard Donbass. What holds back the APU?


Despite the almost fivefold superiority of the Armed Forces in terms of the number of personnel, as well as the number of armored vehicles and artillery deployed near the contact line at the Donbass theater of operations and which are part of mechanized, airmobile, airborne assault and tank brigades, units of the 9th Mariupol-Khingan separate For more than four years, the motorized rifle regiment of the 1st Army Corps of the People’s Party of the DPR has been maintaining combat stability at the most vulnerable (operational-tactical Plan) Telmanovskiy operational direction, providing a more or less peaceful life as Telmanovo population and residents of several settlements of the southern tip of the Donetsk People's Republic.


Operational and tactical nuances that make it difficult to cover the Telman operational direction from mechanized units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


The vulnerability of this operational area, also known as the “Telman Isthmus”, is due to the small operational depth of the rear zone, which is about 35 km, and extends from the contact line (settlements Kominternovo, Gnutovo, Staromaryevka, Petrovskoye, Dokuchaevsk) to the state border of Russia in the Rostov Region, that, with the numerical superiority of mechanized infantry and tank units of the Armed Forces, it is fraught with lightning-fast suppression of the forward strongholds of the Armed Forces of the DPR and an offensive throw of Ukraine Sgiach military formations in Telmanovo area. Moreover, the armament of the combat units of the Armed Forces in a hurried manner comes removed from conservation and restored by the Kharkov Armored Plant 123 "tank English Channel ”T-80B / BV, previously stored in the APU.

It is well known that these machines, inherited by Kiev from the ground forces of the USSR, are equipped with gas turbine engines GTD-1000T / TF with a capacity of 1000 and 1100 hp. respectively (possibly during the modernization and more “high-torque” GTD-1250), due to which their maximum speed can reach 80-85 km / h, which is a significant advantage during an active tank battle and a key advantage during the implementation of the “breakthrough” into the operational depth of the enemy defense or march. Tank units of the 1st army corps of the People’s Democratic Republic of the DPR can oppose only the less fast and maneuverable MBT T-80A / AB / B, which are at the disposal of the Ukrainian militants T-72B / BV, which are vulnerable to both armored-piercing fired under-caliber projectiles of the Vant and Vant types Mango "(due to the equivalent resistance of the frontal armor plates of the tower from kinetic shells only 500-540 mm), and in front of the anti-tank guided missiles RK-2C" Stugna-P ", which is due to both equipping these tanks with outdated dynamic defenses Контакт Contact-1/5 ”without tandem action (combined with the low resistance of the frontal projection from cumulative impact, we get no more than 900 mm equivalent), as well as the absence of modern Arena-M active defense systems in their airborne defense systems.

Moreover, the anti-tank guided missiles RK-2C "Stugna-P" are able to realize the "hill" mode (with an excess of 30-50 m relative to the attacked object) in the terminal section of the trajectory, attacking the tanks of the Donbass defenders at an angle of 45 or more degrees vulnerable overhead projection. After carefully analyzing the above details, one may ask a logical question: what means provided the units of the 1st Army Corps of the DPR People's Democratic Republic with the possibility of erecting defensive lines that remained unshakable over recent years (and even against the background of the enemy’s numerical superiority, as well as the steppe relief of the southern Donbass )?

Antitank complexes "Competition-M" and "Metis-M1" - the basis of combat stability of the advanced fortified areas of the 1st and 2nd army corps of LDNR


The answer here lies in the anti-tank arsenals of the 9th Mariupol-Khingan separate motorized rifle regiment and other units of the DPR army, whose area of ​​responsibility covers a section of the contact line in the Telman Isthmus area. As you know, in addition to the obsolete anti-tank missile systems Fagot, Malyutka and Metis, whose anti-tank shells are equipped with monoblock cumulative warheads with armor penetration of 400, 500 and 550 mm, respectively (provided that enemy tanks do not have dynamic defense containers), missile anti-tank platoons of the 1st army complex also have more advanced ATGMs, whose guided missiles are equipped with tandem warheads to defeat heavy armored vehicles covered by second-generation DZ i.

We are talking about the modernized Tula complexes “Metis-M1” and “Competition-M”, which repeatedly appeared in photo and video reports filmed by the military commanders of domestic news portals near the contact line on the Donbass theater of operations both at the moments of reflection of the offensive “throws” of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and during the period of the exercises of anti-tank missile platoons of the DPR armed forces. Apparently, part of the Competition-M complexes developed by the Tula Instrument Design Bureau (now the Academician A. G. Shipunov Design Bureau of Instrument Making JSC) back in 1991, was taken by the militia of the DPR (now the 1st Army Corps of the NM DNR) as trophies in operations to liberate the cities of Debaltseve and Shakhtyorsk, during the march to Novoazovsk, as well as during the final stage of the assault on the Donetsk airport. As for the more modern Tula Metisov-M1, which entered the arsenal of the Russian army on March 2, 2016, their appearance in the anti-tank missile platoons of the DPR Armed Forces can be safely considered a “package” of asymmetric military-technical assistance provided to the republics of Donbass in response to the transfer Ukrainian fighters of the American counter-battery artillery reconnaissance radar AN / TPQ-36 (V) 5 "Firefinder", as well as large-caliber 12,7 mm Barrett M82A3 rifles.

The potential of the Contest-M and Metis-M1 complexes at the disposal of the Donbass anti-tankers makes it possible to withstand most types of main battle tanks armed with the Armed Forces without special difficulties. In particular, the 9M113M ATGMs, which are part of the Kokursov-M ammunition, boast 750 mm armor-piercing for the 1st and 2nd generation dynamic defense elements, which is quite enough to destroy the T-72A and T-64BV MBTs in almost any sector front projection (from the lower and upper frontal parts to the mask of the gun and the central sections of the frontal armor plates of the tower).

And even the deeply modernized version of the T-72A from the Kiev Armored Plant - the T-72AMT MBT, equipped with elements of the KChCHKV-19/34 DZ Knife, remains extremely vulnerable to Competitions-M and Metisov-M1, since the modules DZ "Knife" provide only a 20% increase in resistance to tandem cumulative warheads. As a result of this, the T-72A frontal armor plates, possessing 500 mm equivalent resistance from CS, gain an increase in resistance of not more than 100 mm (up to 600 mm). Even “paler” when meeting with the Tula anti-tank missile systems are such vehicles as the T-72AV, T-64BV and T-80B / BV (they are the tank “backbone” of the Ukrainian Armed Forces) equipped with Kontakt-1 DZ. This dynamic protection absolutely does not provide an increase in resistance to tandem cumulative warhead shells 9M113M and 9M131M of the Konkurs-M and Metis-M1 systems, which means that the above-mentioned APU tanks will be disabled in the first minutes after the start of the “breakout” attempt »And entering the radius of action of anti-tank systems.

Meanwhile, the semi-automatic control system with transmission of commands by wire (typical of the semi-automatic control system for the laser beam or the radio command system used in the Kornet-E and Chrysanthem anti-tank systems), characteristic of the Competition and Metis complexes, boasts weighty technological trump card, which consists in the possibility of hiding the location of the anti-tank operator due to the absence of emitters of laser or radio command control channels that could be detected by complexes electro-optical and electronic reconnaissance of the enemy.
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  1. Vladimir_2U 12 February 2020 05: 18 New
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    Well, at least so, even if it’s on LDNR tanks and is “poorer” than Zhoblakitnikov, but on the defensive it is “richer”, which in general is enough, in my opinion.
    1. Alex Nevs 12 February 2020 09: 33 New
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      quarter 404 - he is like that, he likes to step on a rake.
  2. Thrifty 12 February 2020 05: 32 New
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    I didn’t understand from the article Damantsev what to do for the Republicans — to cry, or to run totally and surrender to the enemy? How do they fight, not knowing the exact numbers and characteristics of their weapons, and the weapons of the uk-roboeviks? Or, the matter is not in these notorious figures, but in something completely different, such as their land, the desire to live as they want, and not how someone from Kiev, and therefore from the United States, should?
    1. The leader of the Redskins 12 February 2020 08: 00 New
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      I agree. A bunch of numbers are listed, and one-sided. And no conclusions. It was possible to simply compile two tables — the theoretical stability of the tanks and the theoretical penetration ability of ATGMs.
  3. riwas 12 February 2020 06: 22 New
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    then their appearance in the anti-tank missile platoons of the DPR Armed Forces can be safely considered a “package” of asymmetric military-technical assistance provided to the republics of Donbass

    But is it possible, within the framework of the same assistance, to install modern DZ on old DLNR tanks.
  4. rotmistr60 12 February 2020 06: 59 New
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    What holds back the APU?
    Not only the fear of the great loss of their "warriors of the world", but also the warning of our president about the possible loss of statehood when attacking LDNR. Although they are stubborn Natsik, they are not friends with the head, but some of them who are somewhat adequate understand that the United States and Europe will not fight with Russia for them.
    1. bessmertniy 12 February 2020 09: 35 New
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      Ukraine has repeatedly been made aware that it will not receive a pass to the club of "rich Western countries." And the help from there to Square shrinks like shagreen skin. what
  5. Strashila 12 February 2020 07: 09 New
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    "obsolete anti-tank missile systems" Fagot "," Baby "and" Metis "", based on the events in Syria, where they proved that there is no obsolete weapon, but there is no ability to use it, there and the Baby are used quite efficiently.
  6. Nikolaevich I 12 February 2020 07: 23 New
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    And what did Damantsev keep silent about the “Cornets” of LDNR? There is no secret here! The AFU told a long time ago about the Cornets and Hermes, the Tornado MLRS, the Pantsir-S air defense system in service with the Donbass militia! What are the “secrets” (?) When the chief of staff of the Armed Forces told, even, about the use of the Russian vigorous Cheburashka! Moreover, the whole world! No, of course, you can understand Damantsev! Where is the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Army General Muzhenko, and where is modest ... (what is the "military rank" of Eugene in the military? what ) ... Damantsev! He’s very fancy ... giving secrets on subordination is not supposed to! And how you want to read a famously twisted thriller! One consolation ... not yet "evening"! yes
    1. Mimoprohodil 12 February 2020 11: 03 New
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      Quote: Nikolaevich I
      And what did Damantsev keep silent about the “Cornets” of LDNR? There is no secret here! The AFU told a long time ago about the Cornets and Hermes, the Tornado MLRS, the Pantsir-S air defense system in service with the Donbass militia!
      Ichtamnet? These are not marching steps of the Shell in the LPR?
      1. Nikolaevich I 12 February 2020 11: 34 New
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        Enough "empty to empty pour"! On the fig, "light up" in the Donbass "Shell", when it is enough to "organize" Osa-AK / AKM air defense system? fool As they say, "Wasps" - "enough for the eyes!" yes There was also infa that in the stores of the Lugansk anti-aircraft missile regiment 2 TOR complexes were found in malfunction, which were subsequently repaired ...
        1. Mimoprohodil 12 February 2020 11: 55 New
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          Quote: Nikolaevich I
          On the fig, "light up" in the Donbass "Shell", when it is enough to "organize" Osa-AK / AKM air defense system?
          Have you seen the video? And the Wasp will not bring down anything over 5 km, fly the Su-24 and throw 7 tons of bombs from a height
          1. Nikolaevich I 12 February 2020 12: 56 New
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            Video? Well, okay ... look! And "Osu" is nothing to offend! Judging by the information, how "fly-flyers" flew and bombed in the Donbass, more than 5 km and there was no need to get it! In the presence of "Wasp" ,, ukro-aviation "it is necessary to fly at a height of at least 7 km ... but what is the accuracy of bombing from this height? If you also take into account the then" skill "of ukro-flyers!
            1. Mimoprohodil 12 February 2020 16: 56 New
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              Osa-AKM does not take a target above 5 km. Well, maybe only some low speed drone
              1. Nikolaevich I 13 February 2020 03: 41 New
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                Quote: Mimoprohodil
                OSA-AKM does not take a target above 5 km

                Waiting! Yes I know ! But a safe "ceiling" is installed with a margin!
  7. Ros 56 12 February 2020 09: 13 New
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    Banderlog is restrained by the usual fear that sits in their subcortex after the words of the GDP that if they jerk against LDNR, their statehood will end. Which in translation into simple language means - banderlog, save who can.
    I think that normal Ukrainians themselves, having felt the power support from Russia, will begin to crush these ghouls all over the country.
    And technical means, of course, will be needed in certain circumstances
  8. Zaurbek 12 February 2020 09: 14 New
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    There, on both sides of the ATGM, two for each tank .... this is even without taking into account the Javelins. Therefore, offensives are hardly possible without the use of aviation.
  9. Pavel57 12 February 2020 09: 44 New
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    Soviet and post-Soviet shield and sword.
  10. Moon 12 February 2020 13: 08 New
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    both sides do not intend to move to the acute phase.
    And the saturation of anti-tank systems on the front line limits any actions of armored vehicles.
    There, anti-tank systems do not even spare for individual Urals and Krazy .. Although the cost of weapons is higher than civilian equipment.
    Damantsev always has one thing that interferes, and not the complex of all political benefits and economic necessity. What is above all performance characteristics and the number of troops and weapons.
  11. KBaHT_BpeMeHu 12 February 2020 13: 47 New
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    I hope during my life they will be judged, hang up the junta and their entire clique.
  12. Boris55 12 February 2020 14: 00 New
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    A bit off topic.
    In Ukraine, the idea is wandering about selling water from Drepre to the Crimea. I wonder what will happen if Belarus starts selling the Dnieper waters to Ukraine? Does Ukraine know where the Dnieper originates from? laughing

  13. iouris 13 February 2020 13: 08 New
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    The Armed Forces of Ukraine can hold back only one thing: there is no team from “sucking”. And "sorcerers" are led by Soros. And Soros formats the USSR.
  14. alex-sherbakov48 13 February 2020 16: 26 New
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    Putin do not stop the advance of the LDN militia !!! Let them liberate the entire South-East of Ukraine and return Russia to its original territories !!! Ukraine will again be returned to the borders of 1654. And then it will be exactly according to Pushkin's fairy tale, where the grandmother again began to sit with a broken trough !!!