After talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, announced that the Serbian army would receive the “Cornet” anti-tank system by the end of the year.
He pointed out that this procurement is very important for our army.
What is a “Cornet”?
There is no tank, armored vehicle or bunker that the Russian portable anti-tank system “Cornet” cannot destroy. This is what the factory data and tests on the test sites say, but also the data from the field.
What’s the secret? “Cornet” 9M133 was constructed by the famous institute in the city of Tulu. Experts from this institute also designed the Panzer S1 and read through innovations in the world of missile and cannon weapons, which proved to be excellent in practice.
The “cornet” is made so that a crew of two soldiers can quickly take up position and launch a missile at the target. The original range was 5.5 kilometers and the destructive power was terrifying.
The tandem, ie the double cumulative warhead, pierced the armor with a strength of more than a meter of armored steel, and previously destroyed the active reactive armor. The permeability of concrete is three to three and a half meters.
The “cornet” is hard to catch
This has been the case since 1998. A well-trained crew could take up position in less than a minute, launching a rocket that the operator laser-aimed at the target. The rocket flies to its maximum range in 22 seconds.
The “Cornet” can also hit a target moving at a speed of 70 kilometers per hour or all tanks and the largest number of armored vehicles on the ground.
The weight of the entire system with the rocket and the launch unit is 67 kilograms. That is the only conditional defect of the system, but the problem is solved by making the crew physically stronger soldiers.
Improvements in the 21st century
“Cornet” is also installed on the domes of armored vehicles, which are designed and made by the same company. There is also a self-propelled launcher “Cornet”, ie a caterpillar with a crew and a combat set of 16 missiles.
As it has gone through history, armored vehicles have developed, primarily jamming systems. In the 90’s and the beginning of the 21st century, tanks began to use better aiming devices and shoot from a greater range. The “Cornet” anti-tank system had a limited range and began to be subject to interference.
That is why the experts from the Tula Institute made the new “Cornet” E and EM, which is also launched from armored vehicles and has a greater range, greater penetrating power, resistance to interference. It works on the principle – fire and forget, that is, the rocket is automatically aimed at the target, and the crew and the launcher leave the position faster.
The range of the anti-tank missile is eight kilometers, the penetration of the tandem cumulative warhead is 130 centimeters of armored steel after the reactive armor, as well as three to three and a half meters of reinforced concrete.
In accordance with the experiences from combat operations, a thermobaric warhead was developed, structurally similar to a tandem cumulative warhead. With the first head breaking the wall of the bunker, and the second destroying people and combat equipment inside the building. The range of the thermobaric head is 10 kilometers.
The rocket from the new system flies to the maximum range in less than 30 seconds.
The new solution is a launcher with eight rockets on the Tigar M armored vehicle and eight more rockets in the vehicle.
The “Cornet” is part of the new Berezhok combat turret for Russian armored vehicles, BMP, BMD or “Terminator”, better known as a tank killer.
The guidance system has been improved, which has increased the range, but the laser system has also been improved and is much more resistant to interference. In fact, it has not yet been confirmed that any device managed to blind the laser from the “Cornet”.
“Trophy” and smoke stop “Cornet”
However, there are two systems that have so far managed to stop the missiles from the “Cornet”. The first has been known since ancient times, and that is the smoke screen. The smoke not only interferes with the “Cornet” sighting devices, but also many other much more advanced combat systems.
“Cornet” on the armored vehicle tiger M
The second is the modern active anti-tank system “Trophy” on Israeli merkava tanks. The “Trophy” system fires explosive bullets that activate the missile’s warhead at a safe distance from the tank.
This has been proven in practice, because, for example, members of Hezbollah managed to destroy and seriously damage several merkava tanks in 2006, but not in 2014, when the “Trophy” system did its job. For now, the “Trophy” system is owned by Israel and has begun to be used in the US military.
But nothing is perfect. The efficiency of the system largely depends on the training of the crew and the tactics applied in a particular situation.
And finally, is the “Cornet” the best anti-tank weapon in its class?
It is cheaper than the western one and the competition from Israel. It’s harder, but that hasn’t been a problem so far. The speed of the projectile is in the class of competition, which is not crucial. The key advantage is penetration. Whether it is a tank or a bunker, there is no way out.
“Cornet” destroys a meter and thirty centimeters of steel behind the first layer of armor or three and a half meters of concrete.
This means that the “Cornet” is currently, although not perfect, the most powerful in the class of portable anti-tank missiles in the world.
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