Against Any Tanks
The best in the world Kornet-EM multipurpose missile system
As of today the IIIrd generation Kornet-E
portable/transportable laser beam-rider system developed by KBP and adopted in
1998 is the weapon defini-tively complying with the concept of advanced ATGW,
being state-of-the-art specimen of multipurpose tactical short range weapon
system allowing engage-ment of virtually any small-size target within the
system's line of sight. Aiming for further enhancement of Kornet-E ATGW combat
capabilities, KBP Instrument Design Bureau developed a new multipurpose missile
system — Kornet-EM.
Antitank guided missile systems (ATGM) have been developed and produced globally
for already half a century. Since then they became the most popular and wanted
type of high precision weapons (HPW) thanks to their usability and rela-tively
low cost. A future ATGM system must be a versatile defensive-offensive guided
weapon, whose portable and combat vehicle transportable modifications ensure a
wide range of applications in close range tactical zone in various combat
The weapon is designed as an automatic combat system, incorporating, besides the
firing unit itself, both reconnaissance and control assets, and ensuring full
automation of all combat operation constituents – target detection and
distribution, issuing and processing of target designation, missiles' guidance.
The operator's task within such system is limited to supervision of its proper
functioning and launch of missiles.
The open architecture of the system in terms of data exchange with higher-rank
and peer units along with its combat capabilities makes it a vital element of
Army network-centric system.
Kornet-EM multipurpose missile system provides for engagement of modern and
future tanks , various fortifications (pillboxes, bunkers) and low-velocity
aerial targets (helicopters, assault aircrafts and UAVs) in day&night and
adverse weather conditions under enemy ECM and optical jamming at ranges up to
The Kornet-EM system comprises:
- combat vehicle with two automatic launchers and operator’s panel with a
- battery commander's reconnaissance and control vehicle, equipped with combined
surveillance system including TV, IR and radar reconnaissance aids, navi-gation,
communication and data exchange systems, automated control suite and weapon
system (Kornet-EM ATGM and PKTM machine-gun),
- guided missile with HE warhead with impact and proximity fuses and fir-ing
range of up to 10 km;
- an antitank guided missile with a maximum firing range of 8000 m and shaped
charge warhead armour penetration of 1100-1300 mm which enables the Kor-net-EM
system to engage modern and future tanks bearing in mind the tendency to growth
of their armour protection.
Due to implementation of state-of-the-art but, however, low cost technical
so-lutions, Kornet-EM acquired a number of new features, allowing significant
broaden-ing of its combat capabilities to counter both conventional ground
targets, as well as non inherent to this class of systems ability to engage
lowe-velocity aerial targets:
the use of computer vision along with automatic target tracker makes it
possi-ble to exclude an operator from missile guidance process and in fact
implements the “fire-and-forget” principle, thus giving a 5-times increase in
accuracy of target track-ing during real combat.
- engagement of targets in automatic mode reduces psychophysical stress to
operators, requirements to their skills and duration of their training.
- automation of guidance process along with automated target detection and
distribution, target designation commands generation and processing result in
virtu-ally fully automatic combat system, limiting the operator's task to
supervision of its proper functioning and launch of missiles.
- combat vehicle with twin-launcher ensures simultaneous salvo firing at two
targets, thus significantly increasing the system’s firing rate and number of
targets han-dled and at the same time allowing two-fold reduction of combat
assets required to com-plete a mission. Such performance specifications endow
Kornet-EM with the highest target handling capability among similar existing and
future systems - min. 3-4 tar-gets per minute at ranges up to 5 km. Thus, in
case the weapon systems are posi-tioned at a stand-off range from enemy tanks
(more than 4 km) a single Kornet-EM battery of 9 combat vehicles is able to
repulse an attack (i.e. destroy min. 50% of tar-gets) of enemy tank (Ì1À2 class)
battalion (58 tanks). Actually, such mission may be accomplished by two battery
salvos, destroying 32-34 tanks, i.e. 55-60% of the battalion. The time required
to accomplish the mission will not exceed 1 minute, al-lowing to avoid
casualties, since the enemy tanks will not be able to to reach their ef-fective
- new capability for ATGW – effective engagement of small-size aerial targets -
reconnaissance and reconnaissance-attack unmanned aerial vehicles being the
en-emy’s crucial and mass combat support tool, as well as helicopters and
UAV on a reconnaissance mission lets enemy well in advance disclose de-fence,
give accurate target designation for firing over-the-horizon munitions, record
and transmit information on army relocations both during operations near the
line of contact with enemy and in the rear. This results in significant increase
in casualties and possible failures of combat mission performance. From the
point of view of en-gagement, UAVs are difficult targets due to low altitude of
flight. Moreover, in case of mass application they are a teaser for the air
defence assets, causing high consump-tion of expensive surface-to-air missiles.
Attack helicopters and tactical aircrafts are by now the highest threat for land
forces, as they can inflict maximum damage in minimum time. For example, a
heli-copter is able to destroy a company of armoured vehicles (10-14 armoured
vehicles) with one ATGM load.
To efficiently counter the UAVs, attack helicopters and tactical aircrafts the
air defence assets should be available right in the combat formations, because
attack or reconnaissance flights are performed at low altitudes, impeding
due-time detection with medium and short range air defence systems which are
usually stationed deep in the home front. Kornet-EM is the system able to
efficiently accomplish low-velocity aerial threats repulsion tasks.
Another distinctive feature of modern combat operations is deployment of
so-phisticated surveillance and networking technologies in the tactical units.
Wide appli-cation of integrated surveillance aids (various combinations of
optical, radar, TV and IR systems), sophisticated automatic assets of tactical
units operation control, com-munication and navigation allows continuous
monitoring of the battlefield, real-time reception of reconnaissance data (both
from peer and higher level units) overlaid on the digital maps and automatic or
semiautomatic generation and transmission of tar-get&firing data to the fire
units, thus, determining the efficiency of high-precision tac-tical weapons and
Availability of surveillance systems providing detection of wide range of
tar-gets and automatic battery operation control aids is a vital need for
Kornet-EM with its versatility of combat applications and ability to effectively
counter aerial targets. Timely submission of aerial targets data to the fire
units (Line Kornet-EM combat vehicles) directly influences both the efficiency
of ATGW counteraction to aerial threats, as well as casualties in the units
under air raid.
To provide operational surveillance/data exchange and control of Kornet-EM
battery combat operation, a battery commander's surveillance&control vehicle is
de-signed based on standard line Kornet-EM CV.
The Surveillance&Control vehicle is special-purpose unit combining both
re-connaissance/control and fire unit functions.
The control vehicle comprises:
- Integrated surveillance system featuring TV, IR and radar aids;
- navigation aids;
- communication and data exchange system;
- automated control suite;
- weapon system.
Employment of radar in the control vehicle allows target detection at rabges
significantly exceeding the firing range of line combat vehicles weapon systems.
This provides efficient control of Kornet-EM battery combat operation along with
wide sector surveillance by Kornet-EM control vehicle.
Provided with such surveillance capabilities the task of the control vehicle
lim-its to target detection, friend-or-foe identification and target
distribution among the line vehicles in order to avoid multiple firing at a
The battery commander's control vehicle capabilities by day/night time and under
any weather conditions are the following:
These capabilities allow:
- detection, identification and tracking of moving or stationary air and ground
targets, automatic measurement, generation and processing of the detected
- friend-or-foe identification;
- generation and transmission of target designation data from the anti-tank
bat-tery commander to line combat vehicles;
- maintaining radio communication within the battery, as well as with
higher-rank and peer unit commander's;
- real-time control of battery fire, relocation and firing pattern planning in
case of changing deployment area with data overlaying on the digital map.
- reduction of ground targets detection time for line combat vehicles – by 2-3
times at daytime and by 6-10 times at night (if compared to target search using
IR sight), aerial targets – more than 10 times;
- automatic determination and firing primarily at the most threatening target;
- maintaining balanced target load on the combat vehicles to avoid multiple
fir-ing at a single targets by several vehicles;
- timely readjustment of battery firing pattern in case of casualties.
As a result, the Surveillance&Control Vehicle is able to double the combat
ef-fectiveness of Kornet-EM battery while countering enemy tanks attack in
properly arranged defence formations, or increase it by 2.5 times in case of
entering the com-bat (from march) without prior area survey and missing
information about enemy forces.
In case of countering aerial threats (UAV, helicopters) the combat efficiency of
ATGW battery will increase by 2.5-5.0 times due to reduction of target detection
time and increase of detection probability.
Main Performance Specifications of the System
Main Performance Specifications
Firing range, m:
automatic, beam riding guidance
Number of targets engaged simultane-ously by a salvo
Armour penetration by shaped charge warhead, mm
TNT equivalent of high explosive war-head
Ammunition load, pcs
including ready-to-fire missiles
Change-over from traveling to combat configuration, seconds
150 – 8000
Armour penetration, mm
1100 – 1300
Maximum flight speed, m/s
Weight with launch-tube, kg
Length of launch-tube, mm