9M115 METIS (AT-7 SAXHORN)
Weight: 5.5 kg (12 lbs.), 6.3 kg (14 lbs.) with container
Length: 740 mm (29 in)
Diameter: 94 mm
Warhead: HEAT shaped charge
Operational Range: 1,000 m (3,280 ft.)
Speed: 223 m/s (732 ft./s)
Guidance System: Wire-guided SACLOS
The 9M115 Metis is a SACLOS wire-guided, man-portable anti-tank missile system designed by the Soviet Union. Developed by Tula KBP, it is very similar in external appearance to the AT-4 Spigot due to its three main fins. The missile is significantly lighter because of the reduced fuel load, which reduces the maximum range to 1,000 meters. During the 1980s, an upgraded missile version was developed, the Metis-M 9M131. It was fired by the same launcher, but was much heavier and larger with an increase range and a larger warhead. The 9M115 Metis is also known by its NATO label AT-13 Saxhorn-2.
As a supplement toe the AT-4 Spigot, the 9M115 Metis missile was introduced into the Russian Army in 1979. This system is lighter than the AT-4 Spigot system due to the addition of a much less complicated tripod launcher and an overall lighter missile. In Russian service, this system is deployed with motor rifle companies (three launchers per company). This missile is operated by a two-man team: the gunner carriers the 9P151 launching post and one missile.
This anti-tank weapon system was designed for firing from the 9P151 launching post that has a simple tripod for support. Although it requires more skill on the part of the operator, it may also be fired from the shoulder. The missile that is launched from the tube to the tube by a booster, rather than the gas generator, uses the AT-4 Spigot system. The 9S816 guidance system is powered by a thermal battery pack that is attached to the launch tube shortly before launch. Its missile may also be fired from the enclosed space, such as a cab or a building, but it requires at least 6 full meters behind the cave.
9M131 Metis-M (AT-13 Saxhorn-2)
A variant of the 9M115, the 9M131 Metis-M is also a Russian anti-tank missile system. Its NATO reporting name is AT-13 Saxhorn-2. This system was designed to augment the combat power of company-level motorized units. The 9M131Metis-M system features significant improvements in range, accuracy, and lethality to the already positive qualities of a man-portable anti-tank guided missile.
Other notable features of this system include:
- Firing rate of 3-4 rounds per minute
- Can be shipped by any type of transport or air-dropped
- A 15-20 second change time from traveling position to firing
- Total system includes the 9M131 (9M131F) ATGM, 9P151 launcher, and 1PBN86-1 thermal sight
For more information on the 9M115 Metis and the 9M131 Metis-M, other anti-armor and anti-tank weapons, military training and education, or for defense procurement services, contact the experts at UDC USA today.
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