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9M119 Svir / 9M119M Refleks (AT-11 Sniper)
Type ATGM
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1980s - present
Used by Russia
China
Serbia
Pakistan
Production history
Unit cost $37,500[1]
Specifications
Weight 16.5 / 17.2 kg[2]
Diameter 125 mm
Warhead Tandem hollow-charge
Warhead weight 4.5 kg

Operational
range
4,000 / 5,000 m
Speed Subsonic
Guidance
system
Laser beam riding
Launch
platform
125 mm smoothbore guns

The 9M119 Svir and 9M119M Refleks are laser beam riding, guided anti-tank missiles developed in the former Soviet Union. The two missiles are similar, but vary in range and launch platform. Both are designed to be fired from smooth bore 125 mm tank and anti-tank guns (2A45, 2A46 and 2A46M). Their NATO reporting name is AT-11 Sniper. The name Svir comes from the River Svir, while Refleks means reflex.

Refleks[edit]

The Refleks is used in the T-90 and Serbian M-84AS and some versions of the T-80 and T-84 tanks. It has also been produced by the People's Republic of China for use with its Type 98 tank.[3] It can also be fired from the 2A45 Sprut-B anti-tank gun.[4]

The Invar 9M119M1 (Invar-M) is fired from a 125mm gun, like a shell, but operates like a guided missile. The 17.2 kg (37.8 pound) missile is 680mm (26.7 inches) long and has pop-out fins (with a 250mm/9 inch span) that aid in guidance (laser beam riding, controlled by the tank gunner). The missile has a max range of 5,000 meters at a speed of 350 meters per second (14 seconds max flight time). The Invar enables the tank to hit targets at twice the range of the 125mm shells. The tandem warhead can penetrate up to 900mm of armor (35.4 inches).[5]

Svir[edit]

The Svir is used with the T-72 series of tanks.

Similar weapons[edit]

  • United States MGM-51 Shillelagh used with the M551 Sheridan light tank, and the short lived M60A2 MBT.
  • United States XM1111 Mid-Range Munition which was attempted to be developed for the M1A2 SEP Abrams MBT.
  • Russian 9K112 Kobra (AT-8 Songster) is also fired through 125-mm smoothbore gun tubes.
  • Israeli LAHAT, used with their 105 and 120-mm gun tubes.
  • French ACRA 142mm anti-tank guided weapon, tested on a version of the AMX-30 MBT.
  • Ukrainian Kombat tandem-warhead ATGM with a 5,000-m effective range, fired from 125-mm smoothbore guns. 950mm penetration.[6]
  • Iran builds a reversed engineered version of Svir with max range of 4,000 meters named Tondar.[7]

Specifications[edit]

[2]

  • Range:
    • Svir: 75 to 4,000 m
    • Refleks: 75 to 5,000 m
  • Weight (complete round):
    • Svir: 28 kg
    • Refleks: 24.3 kg
  • Missile Weight:
    • Svir: 16.5 kg
    • Refleks: 17.2 kg
  • Warhead: Tandem HEAT
  • Penetration: 700–900 mm of RHA
  • Time of flight to 4,000 m : 11.7 s
  • Time of flight to 5,000 m : 17.6 s

Notes[edit]

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