Our Bureau - : Nov 30, 2021 - : 2:40 pm

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is undergoing rapid militarisation
with a number of intra- and interstate conflicts and terrorist threats and, antitank
guided missile systems have turned out to be in great demand. The demand for anti-tank missile system is increasing as nations seek extended-range missiles. Analysts feel that the growing focus on enhancing weapon inventory is likely to boost the growth of the anti-tank missile system market in the region. Taking this into account, Russia’s Rosoboronexport and the Jordanian company Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems agreed to start licensed production of Kornet-E anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) in Jordan. This has helped Russia to further expand its arms transfers to MENA and reestablish its influence in the region. For MENA countries, acquiring arms from Russia is advantageous. It allows them to diversify their sources of arms supply and thereby become less dependent on Western suppliers. Consequently, this will also enable Russia to compete with other established arms suppliers such as the U.S. and France.

Tank Killer
Kornet-E is designed to destroy tanks, armoured combat vehicles with reactive armour and various fortifications, with a maximum firing range of 5.5 km. Since Kornet-E can fire both missiles with a cumulative tandem-charge warheads designed primarily to destroy heavily armoured objects, but also a missile with a high-explosive thermobaric warhead, it is a highly effective defensive assault weapon for eliminating wide range of battlefield targets.

The Kornet-E vehicle-mounted/portable ATGM system is designed to engage current and future tanks fitted with explosive reactive armour, lightly armoured vehicles, fortifications, hovering helicopters, pinpoint surface targets in any weather, day or night, and in electronic and optical countermeasures environments. The system consists of combat assets, maintenance facilities and training aids.

The system enables one person to detect a target, aim, fire a missile, track and defeat the target. Owing to its modular design, the launcher can be placed on a wide range of wheeled and tracked vehicles using a bracket.

Jadara will assemblele the 9M133-1 and 9M133F-1 missiles for the Kornet-E ATGM system. “Kornet-E is one of the most effective and highly sought anti-tank systems in the global arms market, which has
prompted our colleagues from Jordan to establish joint production on their territory,” said Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department of Rostec State
Corporation. Kornet-E is an export version of the famous ATGM family. The system has been already exported to several MENA nations being combat tested through the local conflicts.

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