Home' Defence Review Asia : DRA_Mar.Apr 2012 Contents Antitank guided missile systems (ATGMs) have
been developed and produced globally for more
than half a century. Following their creation
they have became the most popular type of
high precision weapons (HPW) thanks to their
flexibility and relatively low cost.
ATGM systems today are not just a specialized
anti-tank weapon, they are also efficiently used
to engage a wide range of other small dimension
targets like lightly armoured and soft-skinned
vehicles, various fortifications, manpower and
parts of an enemy’s infrastructure.
The IIIrd generation Kornet-E system
developed by KBP and which entered service
in 1998 features a laser beam riding guidance
system. It was the first ATGM system completely
jamming proof and capable of firing on the move.
As of today the Kornet-E ATGM system with a
range of 5500m is the most advanced example
of a multipurpose tactical short range weapon
system which uses missiles with tandem shaped
charge warheads for engagement of primarily
heavily protected targets (tanks, pillboxes
and the like) and missiles with high explosive
warheads for engagement of a wide range of
targets posing threat on a battlefield.
A future ATGM system must be a versatile
defensive-offensive guided weapon, whose
portable and combat vehicle transportable
modifications ensure a wide range of
applications in close range tactical zones in
various combat environments.
Kornet-EM meets the latest requirements
of a future ATGM system. Its state-of-the-art
engineering solutions endow Kornet-EM system
with a series of new qualities (Fig.1 shows
Kornet-EM multipurpose guided missile system
with performance specifications).
The use of technical vision with an automatic
target tracker makes it possible to exclude an
operator from missile guidance process and in
fact uses the “fire-and-forget” principle without
using expensive seekers. This gives a 5-times
increase in accuracy of target tracking during
real combat use and high hit probability at any
system operating range - which is twice that of
the Kornet-E ATGM system.
Engagement of targets in automatic mode
reduces psychophysical stress to operators,
reduces their required skill level and shortens
the duration of their training.
The block-modular principle of system design
traditionally used for the Kornet family makes
it possible to install either one or two automatic
launchers onto a wide range of relatively
inexpensive low load bearing capacity platforms
of various origin (0.8 - 1.0 tons for single
launcher version and 1.2 - 1.5 tons for double
launcher version), which can be controlled
The combat vehicle with two launchers
ensures simultaneous salvo firing against two
targets, this significantly increasing the system’s
firing rate and number of targets engaged.
Similar to Kornet-E, the Kornet-EM system
retains salvo firing capability with two missiles in
one beam against one target to overcome active
The system’s firing range has been almost
doubled – up to 10 km.
Increase of firing range and accuracy and
use of automatic target tracker make it possible
to track both slow ground targets and faster
objects. This helps the Kornet-EM system meet
requirements essentially new for antitank guided
Kornet-EM New Capabilities of
Antitank Guided Missile Systems
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