Ukraine tests new anti-tank weapons - newspaper
The first trials of the new Korsar anti-tank missile system have been conducted at a firing range near Kyiv, the Segodnya newspaper reported on Thursday.
"It is intended to hit stationary and moving armored targets with all kinds and types of armor - tanks, armored vehicles, high-speed landing craft, as well as small targets – pillboxes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles," General Designer of Luch Design Bureau Oleh Korostelev said.
The range of the new anti-tank system is 2.5 kilometers, or double that of a grenade launcher, and the missile is laser-guided.
"Korsar is a new-generation system, and its full development will be completed this year... We will be the first to offer the market a complete complex of this level. Korsar currently has no analogues, although respective developments are being conducted abroad. By a number of parameters, it surpasses the systems of the world's leading manufacturers," Director General of the Ukroboronprom State Concern Serhiy Hromov told the newspaper.
According to the newspaper, the weight of a Ukrainian missile in a container is 13.5 kg, or 2.5 kg less than a similar missile produced in the United States. The missile can be launched at temperatures ranging from minus 40 to plus 60 degrees Celsius, whereas U.S. and Israeli systems are not designed to operate at temperatures lower than minus 20 degrees Celsius. The power of the shoulder-fired Korsar missile is "enough to destroy virtually all existing types of armored vehicles, and its guidance guarantees the target will be up to 100% hit." The anti-tank missile system costs only about $130,000, and missiles - $20,000, which is three or four times cheaper than their foreign analogues.