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Baby - anti-tank missile system

Baby - anti-tank missile system

In the fifties of the twentieth century, the development of light infantry anti-tank missiles was forcedly transformed into the creation of missiles for self-propelled complexes due to the lack of experience and the necessary small-sized components and components. Nevertheless, the Soviet army also needed a wearable complex. A government decree from 6 July 1961 was given the competitive design of the complexes. The competition was attended by ATGM "Ovod" Tula TsKB-14 (now KBP) and ATGM "Malyutka" Kolomna SKB (now KBM). Both new complexes should have been created in portable and self-propelled versions, have a maximum range of 3000 m, armor penetration of 180-200 mm at the meeting angle of 60 °. The mass of rockets was limited to 8-10 kg.

In the end, Tula failed to win the competition, although many promising solutions were implemented in their development. The loss of the Tula designers predetermined: the lag from the “Baby” in the course of working out, which does not meet the specified requirements, the maximum launch range, as well as the lower armor penetration of the warhead.

The creators of the rocket needed to implement a lot of innovations in order to meet the acceptable value of the starting weight when performing the specified combat characteristics. First of all, simplified rocket control system. "Baby" was the first rocket in our country with a single-channel control system, brought to adoption and production in mass production.

During the development of the complex, much attention was paid to reducing the complexity of manufacturing the rocket and reducing its cost. Plastics were widely used in the body of the warhead and the wing compartment of the rocket, and a suitcase-backpack was made of fiberglass for carrying the rocket.

The portable version of the complex, as well as the prototype model of the combat vehicle, underwent a large amount of tests with missile launches as early as 1961. However, by the end of the year it was decided to increase the degree of unification of the portable and self-propelled complexes, which required a number of modifications and slowed down the joint tests. However, by December 20 the complexes completed the tests successfully and 16 of September 1963 were put into service.

Since 1963, work has been carried out on the placement of six “Baby” on a Mi-1MU helicopter. In 1974, the Mi-8ТB helicopter, differing from the Mi-8TV by the use of six “Baby” instead of four “Phalanx”, was created and later produced for export. Modifications of this rocket were equipped with Soviet helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-24.

As is known, the production of Mi-2 helicopters was transferred to Poland, where a number of Mi-2 combat modifications were developed, including the Mi-1979URP armed with four Malyutka ATGM created in 2 in the city of Mi-XNUMXURP.

In the USSR, Malyutka-type complexes were produced before 1984. Under license, various variants of the complex were produced and produced in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, China, Iran, Taiwan and other countries. In total, the “Baby” complex was in service with more than forty-five countries of the world (Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Vietnam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Egypt, Zambia, India, Iraq , Iran, DPRK, PRC, Congo, Cuba, Libya, Macedonia, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Syria, Sudan, Uganda, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia).

LAW "Baby" is designed to combat armored targets, the destruction of shelters and the destruction of fire weapons and enemy points.

The composition of the portable complex:

9C415 control panel with monocular 9Sh16 monocular weight 12,4 kg.
2 ATGM 9М14 in 9P111 suitcases weighing 18,1 kg.
For the portable complex 9K11, the rocket carrying with the launch guide in the shoulder suit-9P111 was adopted. In the combat position, the case of the suitcase-knapsack served as the basis of the launcher. Two soldiers antitank calculation carried packs and №2 №3 - suitcases, backpacks with rockets and launchers, and their commander, who is also a senior operator (gunner), carrying a pack №1 - remote control 9S415 with monocular sighting 9SH16 and guidance equipment. The 9Sh16 daytime optical viewfinder has an eightfold increase in the 22,5 ° field of view. The wearable complex was transferred from the marching position to the combat position in 1 a minute 40 seconds. Missiles can be located at a distance of up to 15 m from the central control station.

Anti-tank guided missile 9М14

Firing range - 500-3000 m. Warhead 9Н110: cumulative, armor penetration - 200 mm at 60 °, 400-460 mm at 90 °; Mass of the warhead - 2,6 kg, BB - 2,2 kg. Fuse - pin, cocking range - 70-200 m. Control system - manual command by wire. The probability of hitting the tank - 0,7. Engine - solid propellant rocket motors. Flight speed: maximum - 140 m / s., Average - 115 m / s. Flight time to maximum range - 26 with. Mass: missiles - 10,9 kg. Dimensions: length - 860 mm, diameter - 125 mm, wing span - 393 mm.

The 9М14 rocket consists of the 9H110 docked before the launch and the wing compartment. Their connection is made very quickly, using special locks. In the wing compartment along the axis are consistently located: the main engine, the steering machine and the gyroscope. In the annular space around the main engine there is a combustion chamber of the starting engine with a multiscale charge, and behind it - a coil of a wire communication line. On the outer surface of the rocket body mounted tracer.

The 9М14 rocket is equipped with a single-channel control system. The rocket is equipped with only one steering machine, which moves the nozzles (deflectors) on two opposing oblique directional nozzles of the main engine. In this case, the pitch and course control is alternately carried out, since the rocket in flight rotates about the longitudinal axis with a constant angular velocity — 8.5 revolutions per second. The initial roll twist is given when the starting engine is operating with the corresponding orientation of the nozzle axes. Further rotation is supported by installing the plane of the wings at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the rocket. To link the angular position of the rocket with the ground-based coordinate system, a three-degree gyroscope with mechanical spinning is used, which is carried out during the launch process by means of a tape. The rocket has no on-board power sources, and the only steering machine is powered by current coming from ground equipment through one of the three-wire waterproof wires.

The wings of the rocket in the transport position fold towards each other, so that the transverse dimensions do not exceed 185x185mm with the span of the unfolded wing 393mm.

The composition of the self-propelled complex:

combat vehicle 9P110 based on BRDM;
ATGM 9М14 - up to 14 units

Fighting machine 9P110

Base - BRDM. Wheel formula - 4x4. Crew - 2 people. The number of missiles on PU - 6. General ammunition - 14 missiles. Combat fire rate - 2 start per minute. PU guidance angles: horizontal targeting - 56 °, vertical targeting - -1 ... + 1,5 °. Transition time: to the firing position - 20 s, to the traveling position - 2 mines 30 s, for firing from a remote station - 3 mines, reloading the guides - 1 min. Guidance equipment 9С414: operator's console 9В832 and other equipment, remote operator's console 9В833М (up to 30 m) with viewfinder 9Ш16.

Complex "Baby" a lot and very successfully fought. The most effective was the first mass use of the “Baby” type complexes during the “Doomsday War” in the Middle East.

The disadvantages of the complex include:

- manual control and, consequently, the dependence of the effectiveness of the application of the complex on the degree of fitness and the psychophysical state of the operator.
- insufficiently high level of combat readiness - with all the ease of operation achieved before combat use, the rocket requires removing the suitcase from the suitcase, attaching the warhead, opening the wing consoles, placing the rocket on the launcher guide, which in turn also needs to be deployed when going from provisions in combat.
-To ensure the safety of the operator from the effects of the gas jet of the rocket engine, the control panel is located away from the launcher. Time is also required to bring the rocket starting from the side to the line of sight. It is to a large extent that determines the limit on the minimum range of the launch.
- insufficiently high flight speed allows the enemy to take effective countermeasures.

Chinese anti-tank missile system HJ-73

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  1. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 8 June 2013 09: 10
    In 1973 during the crossing of Suez, the Egyptian special forces armed with the Baby were an extremely unpleasant surprise for the tank units of the IDF. Our units suffered heavy losses from them in the early days. I had to immediately change tactics.
    1. Babon
      Babon 8 June 2013 23: 31
      So I also think, if not for the little ones, would you have destroyed so many tanks or more without loss at all? Almost all the losses of Israeli tanks, it seems, were from the babies? On the tanks, the Egyptians only burned. And I heard 5 meters passing 54 meters from the Israeli tank. until they shot her in the side, is that so?
  2. Mikhado
    Mikhado 8 June 2013 09: 14
    After all, the "Toy-baby" was created to burn enemy tanks, and almost ruined its own roots when Khrushch saw how effectively these missiles hit the test site. Of course, ATGMs seriously accelerated the "armor-shell" race, but they did not become an absolute weapon. And the Soviet firstborn was very capricious, as befits any baby, the requirements for the operator were too high, and the cost - each shot with an expensive gyroscope.
    1. bazilio
      bazilio 8 June 2013 12: 26
      Quote: Mikhado
      every shot with an expensive gyroscope.

      but still a wrecked tank is more expensive))
  3. kind
    kind 8 June 2013 14: 55
    Quote: bazilio
    Quote: Mikhado
    every shot with an expensive gyroscope.

    but still a wrecked tank is more expensive))

    The gyroscope there is primitive - mechanical, therefore inexpensive
    1. Babon
      Babon 8 June 2013 23: 36
      I was only interested in ours. I know from 54 that I also became horizontal with us, but in the West, what were they?
  4. datur
    datur 8 June 2013 19: 42
    But our baby’s idea was stolen from the French !!!
    1. sergey261180
      sergey261180 8 June 2013 19: 51
      Who cares who stole it. They managed to do the main thing. Winners are not judged. If it weren’t for tyril, we had nothing at all. A good example is China.
    2. Ratibor12
      Ratibor12 9 June 2013 19: 25
      Quote: datur
      But our baby’s idea was stolen from the French !!!

      And even if stolen, then what? The French, in turn, got all the achievements of the Germans. Therefore, they were leaders in the 50s. And their further developments such as "Milan" are also Franco-German-Italian.
      1. svp67
        svp67 9 June 2013 19: 28
        Quote: Ratibor12
        And their further developments such as "Milan" are also Franco-German-Italian.

        -Soviet "Metis" repeat
  5. myasoed
    myasoed 10 June 2013 15: 34
    what stupid person has registered a video in autostart ???