Infantry Weapons

MTI develops longer-range Malyutka 2T

12 July 2017
Close-up of a Serbian BOV 4x4 tank destroyer showing six Malyutka missiles in the ready-to-launch position, with two longer-range Malyutka 2T5s mounted (farthest) on either side of the remote-controlled turret. Source: Christopher F Foss

Serbia's Military Technical Institute (MTI) is developing a new, longer-range variant of the 9M14-2 Malyutka 2T (AT-3D/ 'Sagger') anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW), designated '2T5'.

For this variant, '2T' denotes the tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, while '5' represents the new maximum range of 5,000 m.

New, extended-range variant of the Serbian Malyutka 2 - the 5,000 m-range, tandem HEAT warhead-equipped Malyutka 2T5. (Christopher F Foss)New, extended-range variant of the Serbian Malyutka 2 - the 5,000 m-range, tandem HEAT warhead-equipped Malyutka 2T5. (Christopher F Foss)

The Malyutka 2T5 is longer and heavier than the earlier-generation Malyutka missiles manufactured in Serbia, and is fitted with a new-generation tandem HEAT warhead that MTI claims will be able to penetrate 1,000 mm of steel armour protected by explosive reactive armour (ERA). The Malyutka 2T5 also features a new two-stage boost/sustain motor and a modified front end.

The 2T5 additionally features a semi-automatic command to line-of-sight (SACLOS) guidance system, with commands to the missile from the launcher conducted through a radio frequency channel; earlier Malyutka variants used manual command to line-of-sight (MCLOS) wire guidance.

According to the MTI, trial firings of the 2T5 have already been conducted from a static mount, although the development and production phase timeline has not been disclosed.

Production of the Malyutka ATGW is undertaken in Serbia by the Krusik Holding Corporation, with export marketing conducted by Yugoimport.

Serbia already markets two other Malyutka 2 variants, both of which are qualified and currently in production. These are the 3,000 m-range Malyutka 2T - which is fitted with a tandem HEAT warhead that will penetrate 800 mm of steel armour protected by ERA - and the Malyutka 2F, which is fitted with a thermobaric warhead.

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