Russia decides to arm its airborne divisions with latest Kornet anti-tank missiles
MOSCOW, (BM) – Sources from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation report that the Ministry has made a firm decision to make the Russian airborne units the first to receive the latest anti-tank missiles Kornet, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to sources, these anti-tank missiles can hit and destroy various targets – from buildings and fortifications, to tacos, drones and helicopters.
In principle, the Cornet is a light anti-tank system, but Russian paratroopers will receive for their purposes a portable anti-tank development, better known as the Kornet-D1. However, military sources from the Russian Ministry of Defense say that the Kornet-D1 will be part of the existing equipment of the soldiers, which means that the similar systems used so far remain in service and will still be the basis of anti-tank weapons systems in Russia.
Military experts comment that the Kornet has a long range of action. According to them, Russia has yet to start tests of anti-tank missiles, and these tests are expected at the end of this year. Also, the ground forces will receive Cornet anti-tank missiles again in two versions – portable by the soldier and integrated on a light truck. Military experts say this seems to be the future of Russia’s anti-tank defense, and the transition to the new anti-tank weapons system will be gradual in the coming years.
According to a comment by Russian Colonel Vitaly Terekin, in modern military structures there is no need to build a specific anti-tank echelon or division, but the use of various military units, such as mobile groups. For example, he cites Russia’s airborne forces, which can be trained to work with the new anti-tank system and, due to their mobility, to appear in certain places to resolve the conflict.
According to information from the Army Recognition, the Russian Federation will equip a number of military units with the new Kornet, and in addition to light trucks, Russia is considering the option of installing a Cornet on armored vehicles. In addition to anti-tank missiles, according to Russian Defense Ministry sources, the Kornet can launch explosive fragmentation warheads as well as a thermobaric missile.
The world premiere of the Kornet-D complex (Kornet-EM is the export name) took place at the Indian exhibition DEFEXPO-2012, which takes place from March 29 to April 2. Here, among other types of Russian weapons, the new Kornet-EM anti-tank system based on the Tiger armored vehicle was presented. Earlier, this development of Russian gunsmiths was presented at the international Moscow air show MAKS-2011.
Complex “Kornet-EM” uses 8 missiles completely ready to fire, full ammunition of the complex is 16 missiles. Salvo fire at two targets significantly increases the fire performance and rate of fire of the complex. The complex is capable of firing all existing missiles of the Kornet-E family.
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