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Anti-tank missile carrier


The Russian Kornet-D ATGW carrier has significant anti-armor capability

Entered service ?
Crew 2 men (?)
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 5.8 t
Length 4.61 m
Width 2.2 m
Height 2 m
Missile length 1 200 mm
Missile diameter 152 mm
Missile weight 27 kg
Warhead weight 7 / 10 kg
Warhead type Tandem HEAT / thermobaric
Range of fire 8 / 10 km
Guidance system Laser
Penetration 1 100 - 1 300 mm behind ERA
Number of missiles carried 16
Engine Cummins or GAZ diesel
Engine power 180 / 197 / 215 hp
Maximum road speed 125 - 140 km/h
Range up to 900 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.4 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The Kornet-D is a new Russian anti-tank missile carrier. It was developed as a replacement for the ageing 9P148, based on the BRDM-2 chassis and equipped with Konkurs missiles. Prototype of the Kornet-D was first presented in 2011.

   The Kornet-D uses chassis of the Tigr 4x4 high mobility vehicle. It is worth noting that in 2012 Russian Army has adopted Kornet-T, that is based on the BMP-3 chassis.

   This vehicle has 2 quadruple launchers. In travelling mode the launchers are kept inside the hull. However it takes only a couple of seconds to raise the launchers and engage the target. Each launcher is independently raised to attack position. Also each launcher is equipped with its own integrated optical surveillance, tracking and guidance systems. Each vehicle carries a total of 16 missiles, while 8 missiles are ready to use.

   This anti tank missile carrier is well concealed. In travelling mode it resembles a typical Tigr vehicle, that is used in large numbers by the Russian Army.

   This anti-tank missile carrier uses Kornet-EM laser-guided missiles in both tandem HEAT and thermobaric variants. Missile with HEAT warhead is effective against tanks and other heavily armored vehicles. It has a range of 8 km and penetrates 1 100 - 1 300 mm of armor armor behind explosive reactive armor blocks. It is sufficient to defeat even the latest main battle tanks. Missile with thermobaric warheads are effective against entrenched troops, lightly armored vehicles, field fortifications and buildings. It has a maximum range of 10 km. Minimum range of fire is 150 m. Externally both missiles do not differ significantly from each other.

   The Kornet-D can also engage surface ships, helicopters and drones. Maximum ceiling of engagement is 9 km. As an extended-range weapon it is supposed to be used accordingly.

   The Kornet-D is capable of launching a salvo of 2 missiles less than a second apart at two different targets. It can also launch these 2 missiles simultaneously at a single target. In this case this two-missile salvo is intended to overcome active protection systems. If launched at a single target the first missile triggers the active protection system of a tank, while the second missile hits the target. If the tank lacks active protection system this 2 missile salvo improves a probability of the tank's destruction.

   The Kornet-D has a fire-and-forget capability. Fire control system can automatically track and guide each missile on assigned target. The operator may switch targets or override missile guidance during the flight.

   This missile carrier can fire in day/night conditions, in adverse weather conditions and when enemy uses countermeasures. The crew can launch missiles remotely from the vehicle at a distance of 50 m using remotely controlled unit.

   It seems that this anti-tank missile carrier is operated by a crew of two, including driver and operator. Vehicle carries no defensive armament, except 4 smoke grenade dischargers.

   The GAZ Tigr is available with Cummins B-180 (5.9-liter, 180 hp), Cummins B-214 (5.9-liter, 215 hp) or GAZ-562 (3.2-liter, 197 hp) turbocharged diesel engine. It seems that other engines are also available. Vehicle is available with manual or automatic transmission. It has a full-time all-wheel-drive and has some degree of cross-country mobility. Vehicle is fitted with a self-recovery winch.






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