The 9M133 Kornet is an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which is in service with the Russian Army since 1994. It is also used by the armies of Azerbaijan, Greece, Jordan, Algeria, and Syria. It has been employed in combat action by Hamas, Hezbollah, and other extremist groups, from 2006, in the Middle East, against the Israeli Defense forces, though not so successfully, for the Merkava tanks proved to be a low-profile target to hit and a tough nut to crack. From a total of 18 Kornet missiles fired, only three Merkava tanks were put out of action. In Iraq, only two American M1 Abraham tanks were knocked out by this missile. Obtained in the black market from Russian mob bosses, the Kornet has also been used in combat by insurgent groups against the Syrian Army. Today, it has been reported that the ISIS Islamic militia is equipped with this Russian anti-tank missile. Since it has been employed by a wide range of terrorist group, it has been called as the missile of Evil.
Used by the infantry, the 9M133 Kornet is fired from a launching tube, mounted on a tripod, and guided by SACLOS laser beam riding system. It is propelled by a solid-fuel rocket and has a maximum range of 8 km. It can be fitted with two types of warhead: a tandem High Explosive (HE) and thermobaric warhead also used against heavily fortified bunkers and helicopters.
Length: 1.2 m
Diameter: 15.2 cm
Wingspan: 46 cm
Weight: 27 kg