Country of origin
800 mm / 1 100 mm
5.5 km / 7.5 km
1 360 mm
130 mm / 152 mm
Missile weight (in container)
29.5 kg / 39 kg
Control panel weight
Tandem HEAT / Fragmentation
(Hornet) is the Belarusian variant of the Ukrainian
Skif Anti-Tank Guided Missile
and by extension a competitor to the Russian
While both systems appear interchangeable the Skif and the Shershen
have slightly different applications. The Belarusian Shershen can defeat tanks
and fortifications at ranges comparable to the Russian Kornet.
Across the border in Belarus the Shershen, which is
manufactured by the state-owned joint stock company SRPC, enjoys a
broader mission. There’s the basic Shershen and there’s the Shershen-D
that utilizes a tandem configuration where two 130 mm missiles are
installed side-by-side on a single pivoting mount. The Shershen-D is
suited for light vehicles and armored personnel carriers,
and even offshore and riverine vessels.
Another variant of the Shershen is the vehicle specific
Shershen-Q whose application is similar to the
Kornet-D where it’s deployed by vehicle.
“complex” is made up of a collapsible tripod, a box-shaped control
system, the launcher rail, the launch tube, and the command launch
unit combining the TV guidance and modular thermal sights.
the Shershen is armed with two types of missile, the RK-2S with a
tandem HEAT warhead and the RK-20F fragmentation round for defeating
soft-skinned vehicles. The RK-2S’ penetration is more than enough
for disabling current-generation main battle tanks. Maximum range of
fire is up to 5 500 meters.
Should the operator prefer the 152 mm P-2B missile for the
Shershen the effective range stretches to an impressive 7 500 meters
with a frightening penetration of 1 100 mm against rolled homogenous
steel behind explosive reactive armor. During the night time the
range is reduced to around 3 km.
Like the Skif the Shershen is fired manually, with the
operator directing the missile from the launch unit. Using a
portable control panel in a specially designed suitcase the operator
can remotely launch and direct the Shershen from distances up to 100
meters away—provided there’s a cable locking the control panel to
the launcher. An added stealth feature for the RK-2S is its
in-flight elevation above the line of sight. This means the missile
rises ten meters above the Shershen’s laser beam to avoid terrain
obstacles and detection. As it nears the target the missile descends
and, if it were aimed at a tank, strikes at the space between the
turret and the hull.
The Shershen has two modes of firing. The operator can choose
to guide it manually with a “see and fire” mode where operator
paints the target with a jamming-and-weather resistant laser and
guides the missile until impact.
For remote launches the operator can enable automatic target
tracking. Operator simply selects the target and the missile will
close in with it while allowing the operator to follow its path and
altering its course.
One of the drawbacks of the Shershen is its slow flight
speed. The missile travels for 24 seconds at maximum range. For best
results the Shershen often tested well against targets located 3 000
to 3 500 meters away.
Given its relative newness in the ATGM market the Shershen
has yet to make an impact against legacy systems and
third-generation upstarts like the
or the Spike. Aside from the Belarusian Army the Shershen’s earliest
clients are Turkmenistan and Nigeria.
is a version, that utilizes a tandem configuration where two 130 mm
missiles are installed side-by-side on a single pivoting mount.
Launcher of this version weights 59 kg. So the Shershen-D is suited for light vehicles and armored
personnel carriers, and even offshore and riverine vessels.
is the vehicle specific version with four missiles. It is equivalent to the Russian
is another vehicle specific version with four missiles. It can fire
different missiles, including
RK-2V, B-2M and
is a lighter version, though with reduced range. Its maximum range of fire is 2.5 km.
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