According to the Russian Izvestiya newspaper reported, testing of the newest variant of Kornet anti-tank missile system has entered its final phase. In addition to ground targets, the Kornet-EM is able to destroy air targets such as including helicopters and drones.
The new system, developed by the Tula Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), is to protect the S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system from hitting by enemy’s saboteurs, armored vehicles and drones.
The Kornet-EM is mounted on the Gaz Tigr 4×4 multipurpose all-terrain infantry mobility vehicles that was seen publicly during the Victory Parade on May 9, 2015 in Moscow.
“The principle of the Kornet’s operating process is quite simple. The complex’s launcher directs a laser beam at the target. The missile’s target seeking device ‘sees’ this beam and hit the target, following the laser beam,” an editor of the Militaryrussia information website, Dmitry Kornev, told Izvestiya. “The missile launcher is equipped not only with an infrared thermal imaging camera, but also with an automatic target tracking system, which independently keeps the target in the laser beam until it will be destroyed.”