Russian forces utilized Kornet anti-tank missile systems to eliminate two British-made Challenger tanks in the Zaporozhye region.
Speaking on the TV channel Rossiya-24, Yevgeny Balitsky, the acting governor of the Zaporozhye Region, said, the two tanks had been deployed and targeted with Kornet missiles, with the first hit causing one to catch fire.
He claimed that these tanks were not considered to have any special armor features. “In terms of armor, these tanks don't possess any exceptional features, and the Kornet missiles effectively neutralized them. Our forces successfully targeted and destroyed two tanks."
Balitsky also mentioned that there were currently four Challengers near Stepnogorsk and two in Orekhov.
The Kornet-EM represents a precision-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system tailored for operations during both day and night, even in challenging environments marked by electronic and optical countermeasures. This advanced system is available in two distinct versions.
The Vehicle-Mounted Version of the Kornet-EM is equipped with an automated launcher that boasts a TV/thermal sight and an automatic target tracking system. This configuration enables it to implement fire-and-forget capabilities with a remarkable hit probability. Moreover, it is proficient at engaging air targets, including UAVs, while simultaneously increasing its rate of fire and missile speed. Impressively, this version nearly doubles the effective range in comparison to its predecessor, the Kornet-E, while significantly enhancing guidance accuracy. In addition, it reduces operator workload and minimizes training time by incorporating automatic target engagement.
On the other hand, the Portable/Vehicle-Mounted Version of the Kornet-EM is built upon an upgraded Kornet-E launcher. This particular version extends its firing range to 10 kilometers during daylight and 8 kilometers at night, offering superior target accuracy with improved sight magnification and additional fields of view.
Noteworthy key specifications include an automatic laser beam riding guidance system, a range of fire ranging from 150 to 10,000 meters for HE warheads and 150 to 8,000 meters for tandem HEAT warheads, armor penetration capabilities of 1,100-1,300 millimeters behind ERA, the ability to engage two targets simultaneously by salvo, and a missile capacity of 16 missiles, including 8 that are ready to fire. Additionally, it boasts a swift transition time from a traveling to a combat position, taking no longer than 7 seconds.