PANAGYURISHTE, ($1=1.86 Bulgarian Levs) — Over the previous week, varied images of Ukrainian buggy-type sporting roof-mounted anti-tank guided missiles [ATGM] have been circulating on social media. Sports activities off-road cell autos are most frequently geared up with two forms of ATGMs: each Ukrainian [Stugna-P and RK-3 Corsar].
There’s a logic within the tough terrain and spring wet climate of Ukraine, forming mud, the Ukrainian armed forces to make use of such a car. They’re quick, cell with sufficient horsepower, and really satisfactory within the varied forest, mountain, or muddy terrains. One other benefit is the worth of such a car, which is comparatively low-cost in comparison with the worth of any army armored car.
The Polaris Ranger buggy may be seen in among the images. Usually used for sports activities, looking, fishing, or farm work, they’re now remodeled into “infantry combating autos”. They don’t have armor, or in the event that they do, it’s custom-made and doubtless doesn’t meet army requirements. Totally different Polaris Rangers may be seen on Ukrainian battlefields: from two-seater or three-seater, from 32 to 44 horsepower. Some of the frequent fashions is the Polaris MRZR-4.
Relating to the anti-tank guided missiles used, the selection is way larger, particularly if we take note of the truth that the Ukrainians have a practice of growing such techniques. Widespread and roof-mounted buggies are Stugna-P, RK-3 Corsar or 9M113 Konkurs. The primary two fashions are Ukrainian-made, and the third is from the Soviet period, Soviet-made.
Stugna-P ATGM or also called Skiff has been in service since 2011 within the Ukrainian military and his first fight participation was throughout the present warfare in Ukraine. It weighs a complete of 97 kg and works with two diameters of missiles – 130 mm and 155 mm, the detonating mechanism is sort influence fuze. Skiff’s operational vary is totally different however averages about 5.5 km throughout the day. The steerage system is SACLOS laser beam driving with goal monitoring in TV or thermal imaging channels in guide or auto mode and along with buggies [it is already clear] may be mounted on a tripod or weapon system or weapon turret.
RK-3 Corsar can also be a Ukrainian product, however it’s a lot newer than the earlier one. It was inbuilt 2005, however after years of testing and upgrades in 2017, it formally entered service with the Ukrainian military. He has registered participation each within the battles in Donbas and in the meanwhile within the warfare in Ukraine. It weighs 36 kg and fires 107mm missiles. The vary is 2.5 km. It may use two forms of warhead: RK-3K: Tandem-charge HEAT and RK-3OF: HE-fragmentation. The rocket is powered by a solid-fuel rocket engine and the steerage is a laser.
9M113 Konkurs is an anti-tank guided missile from the 70s of the final century. Relying on the mannequin, it weighs from 14 to 22 kg, makes use of 135 mm missiles, and the traits of the warhead are 2.7 kg [6.0 lb] 9N131 HEAT. Just like the earlier rocket, this one is powered by a solid-fuel rocket engine and has a variety of 70 m to 4 km. The steerage system is wire-guided SACLOS.
It’s tough to evaluate how profitable the Ukrainian buggies are with the varied roof-mounted anti-tank guided missiles. Photos of already destroyed, but additionally these of destroyed Russian tanks by buggy fight autos seem on the Web. One factor is obvious: this warfare has proven creativity in using present weapons applied sciences and their renewal and integration based on the scenario. Beginning with the improvised Russian anti-drone armor on the tanks to the buggy anti-tank missile techniques.
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