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Belarus finalises new Shershen ATGM system variant

24 March 2017

The Scientific Research and Production Centre of Belarus has finalised work on a new vehicle-mounted variant of the Shershen family of anti-tank guided missile systems (ATGMs).

The main components of the new Shershen-M anti-tank missile system - featuring the telescopic mast with 1K118P combined observation and missile guidance package (left); to the right is the quadruple launcher with loaded RK-3 (bottom left), RK-2 (bottom right), B-2M (top left), and RK-2V (top right) ATGMs. (Miroslav Gyurösi)The main components of the new Shershen-M anti-tank missile system - featuring the telescopic mast with 1K118P combined observation and missile guidance package (left); to the right is the quadruple launcher with loaded RK-3 (bottom left), RK-2 (bottom right), B-2M (top left), and RK-2V (top right) ATGMs. (Miroslav Gyurösi)

The latest system - which utilises the Ukrainian Luch-developed and produced RK-2 and RK-3 variant ATGMs - is designated Shershen-M ('Mobilniy' or Mobile).

The new Shershen-M system enables simultaneous load and launch of four different Luch ATGM variants - RK-2, RK-2V, B-2M, and the RK-3 - in a quadruple launcher, and uses a totally new dual-axis stabilised 1K118P combined observation and ATGM guidance system mounted on a telescopic mast (this can be integrated with any wheeled or tracked vehicle, or light boat).

All ATGM variants are guided to the target by a semi-active command line-of-sight (LOS) system with commands transmitted to the missile by a coded laser. The 130 mm calibre RK-2 has a given range of 5,500 m, and is equipped with a tandem shaped-charge warhead able to penetrate 850 mm of rolled homogenous armour (RHA) behind explosive reactive armour (ERA) (tilted at 60°).

The RK-2V has the same 130 mm calibre warhead as the RK-2, but has a larger rocket motor that gives it range of up to 8,000 m.

The heavier 152 mm calibre B-2M, with a range of 5,500 m, is equipped with a tandem shaped-charge warhead, which enables it to penetrate 1,100 mm of RHA behind ERA (tilted at 60°).

The lightest variant, the 107 mm calibre RK-3 missile has a maximum range 2,500 m and is equipped with a tandem shaped-charge warhead enabling penetration of 550 mm of RHA behind ERA (tilted at 60°).

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