Infantry Weapons

Azerbaijan boosts anti-tank capabilities

30 June 2017
Russian 9P157-2 Khrizantema-S deliveries to Azerbaijan could shift the military balance with Armenia. Source: Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashynostroyenia

Russia has delivered at least 12 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S vehicle-mounted anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems to Azerbaijan and more than 15 systems will be delivered by the end of 2018, Jane's has learned.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence reported the arms acquisition on 24 June in an official video. The video shows 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S systems and munitions being offloaded from Russian ships in a Caspian Sea port close to the Azeri capital, Baku. The systems are being delivered under an arms deal worth approximately USD5 billion reached in 2009-10.

"The planned delivery of the latest Russian military equipment to Azerbaijan was carried out in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement and within the framework of successfully developing defence industry co-operation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation," the ministry said.

The 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S system, an improved version of the original 9K123 Khrizantema-S, is designed to detect and destroy armoured vehicles, fortifications, low-speed aerial targets, and other military facilities. The original system was first unveiled in July 1996 by the Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashynostroyenia (KBM) Engineering Design Bureau (JSC), entering service with the Russian Armed Forces starting in 2005.

The 9K123-1 system is comprised of the 9P157-2 launching vehicle, the 9P157-3 launching and command vehicle and the 9P157-4 battery command vehicle, which are based on the BMP-3 chassis. The launching vehicles can use a range of missiles, including the 9M123 and improved 9M123-2 anti-armour missiles, along with the 9M123F and improved 9M123F-2 anti-materiel/personnel missiles. All missiles are supersonic and can use either laser or radar beam riding guidance, with the choice depending on battlefield conditions.

The first batch of 9K123-1 systems with 10 launch vehicles was commissioned in 2014.

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