T-90 shell reached a distance of 7 km with a late engine start

A visual record, capturing the deployment of the Russian T-90M during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, has surfaced on various social media platforms. This footage provides a comprehensive view of the tank’s strategic positioning within the battlefield scenario, coupled with a revealing insight into the digital interface housed within the armored vehicle.

The video notably tracks the trajectory of a launched projectile, offering a glimpse into the advanced technological capabilities of this war machine.

The segment of the video that captivates the most attention is the one demonstrating the tank’s display. It becomes evident, through the unfolding visuals, that the projectile successfully hits a target located at an impressive distance. To quantify this distance, it is no less than approximately 7,000 meters. To delve into specifics, the exact measurement is 6,830 meters.

As per the technical documentation disseminated by the Russian authorities, this armored vehicle possesses the capability to launch projectiles to a distance ranging from 5 to 8 kilometers. However, it’s noteworthy that such expansive ranges of tank artillery, albeit well within the stated parameters, have been infrequently observed in the context of the military conflict in Ukraine.

How was this distance achieved?

The mechanisms by which the T-90M manages to achieve such an impressive range remain largely uncertain. As per gathered reports, the tank was equipped with a 9М119М1 projectile. However, this projectile has a maximum range of up to 5,000 meters.

T-90 shell reached a distance of 7 km with a late engine start
Photo credit: Twitter

It has been conjectured, in one of the most prevalent theories posited thus far, that the operator may have delayed the activation of the projectile motor following its launch from the cannon. This strategic maneuver, it is hypothesized, could have effectively served to extend the projectile’s range.

Should this assertion hold veracity, it implies that the 9М119М1 managed to accomplish an extended flight distance, all the while maintaining its original size and weight. This indicates that Russian operators have seemingly devised an efficacious method to expand the range while adhering to the pre-established parameters of the ammunition at their disposal.

About 9М119М1

Russian tank projectile 9М119М1 is a guided missile designed to be fired from the 125mm smoothbore guns of the T-90 and T-72B3 tanks. It is also known by its NATO reporting name AT-11 Sniper. The missile is designed to engage armored targets at a range of up to 5 km.

The 9М119М1 projectile is made of several materials, including a steel body, a copper liner, and a high explosive charge. The steel body provides the projectile with structural integrity and stability during flight. The copper liner is designed to penetrate armor and is shaped to create a high-pressure jet upon impact. The high explosive charge is used to detonate the warhead and cause additional damage to the target.

Russian T-90M tanks crews train to destroy NATO tanks in Ukraine
Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov

9М119М1’s guidance system

The 9М119М1 projectile works by using a semi-automatic laser guidance system. The system consists of a laser designator on the tank and a seeker on the missile. The tank crew aims the laser at the target, and the missile seeker tracks the laser beam and adjusts the missile’s flight path to intercept the target. The missile can also be guided by the tank’s fire control system.

9М119М1 warhead

New 200 T-90M tanks sent to the eastern Ukrainian front line
Photo credit: comp-pro.ru

The 9М119М1 projectile has a tandem warhead, which consists of two explosive charges. The first charge is designed to penetrate the target’s armor, while the second charge is designed to detonate inside the target and cause additional damage. The warhead is capable of penetrating up to 900mm of armor, making it effective against most modern tanks.

The charge in the 9М119М1 projectile is a high explosive anti-tank [HEAT] charge. HEAT charges are designed to penetrate armor by creating a high-pressure jet upon impact. The jet melts and penetrates the armor, allowing the explosive charge to detonate inside the target. HEAT charges are effective against both armored vehicles and fortifications.


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