The Russian Defense Ministry has wrapped up a stage of tests of the new multi-purpose anti-tank guided missile system Kornet-EM, which is capable of effectively engaging both ground and air targets, including difficult-to-detect-and-defeat helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, the newspaper Izvestia reported, referring to a source in the Ministry.
Developed by the Tula Instrument Design Bureau, the Kornet-EM is designed to protect the S-400 missile system from enemy saboteurs, armored vehicles and drones during route marches.
“The test stage was successfully completed, and the Tula system coped with all the tasks. We plan to wrap up the remaining test stages in the near future so that the Kornet-EM can be put into service,” the source said.
Izvestia also quoted a spokesperson for the holding High-Precision Systems holding as saying that the Russian Aerospace Forces’ command had heaped praise on the Kornet-EM for taking part in a simulated military operation during a phase of Army Games earlier this month.
The Kornet-EM system, mounted on the Tigr armored vehicle’s chassis, was presented for the first time during the Victory Day Parade on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, 2015. The difference between the latest model and ordinary armored vehicles can only be seen when two launchers with eight missiles, hidden in protective containers, rise from the vehicle’s body.