Russian T90M’s Invar-M missile destroys Bradley IFV at 4815m

A video circulating on social media suggests {that a} Russian tank T-90M efficiently targets an American-supplied Bradley IFV from a distance of 4,815 meters. The incident reportedly occurred in Ukraine, however notice that the video doesn’t set up the authenticity of the declare made by the Twitter account that first posted it.  

The knowledge factors to the Russian tank firing a 9M119M1 Invar-M missile, a variant in line with the Soviet 9M119 Svir and 9M119M Refleks. We’ll delve into the small print about these missiles later within the textual content. It’s intriguing that, in response to the technical specs of the Invar-M missile shared by Russian sources, the claimed distance as alleged by the Twitter person is technically possible.  

Curiously, the fireplace management system does point out a distance of 4,815 meters. Plus, there’s noticeable footage of the projectile detonating at that distance, leading to a seen explosion or destruction of some variety. Confirming the precise sort of fight car, comparable to a Bradley IFV, isn’t doable on this case. Bear in mind, the video high quality isn’t one of the best and doesn’t permit for clear identification, so we can not utterly dismiss the claims made by the Twitter person.

Picture by Maksim Blinov / Sputnik

What can we find out about 9M119M?

Originating from the previous Soviet Union, the 9M119 Svir and 9M119M Refleks are anti-tank missiles that make the most of laser beam-riding steerage. Though they share similarities of their design and function, their ranges and respective launching platforms differ. Created for 125mm smooth-bore tank and anti-tank armaments [2A45, 2A46, and 2A46M], these missiles are additionally known as AT-11 Sniper in NATO parlance. The names “Svir” and “Refleks” had been impressed by the River Svir and the time period “reflex,” respectively. These missiles have taken over or have been integrated with the 9K112 Kobra system in a number of areas. 

The Refleks missile is employed in tanks such because the T-90, Serbian M-84AS, and specific fashions of the T-80 and T-84. Notably, the Folks’s Republic of China has arrange its personal manufacturing line for this missile, associating it with its Kind 98 tank. 

Russian T-90M's Invar-M missile 'destroys' Bradley IFV at 4815m
Picture by Vitaly Kuzmin

The Indian Protection Ministry lately formulated an settlement with Bharat Dynamics Restricted [BDL], a public sector entity below the Division of Protection Manufacturing. This contract validates the procurement of Invar Anti-Tank Guided Missiles for the Indian Army. BDL generates these missiles as a part of a technical collaboration with Rosoboronexport, and so they can be launched from the 2A45 Sprut-B anti-tank gun.

What can we find out about Invar-M?

The Invar 9M119M and Invar 9M119M1 [Invar-M] are distinctive of their performance. Launched like a common shell from a 125 mm gun, they perform very similar to a guided missile. These compact missiles measure 690 mm [27.1 inches] in size and weigh simply 17.2 kg [37.8 pounds]. They’re outfitted with pop-out fins, boasting a girth span of 250 mm, which helps information them to their targets. Steerage is managed by the tank gunner, utilizing a laser beam-riding mechanism. 

The Invar missiles are potent at lengthy vary. Touring at a pace of 350 meters per second, they’ll cowl a most distance of 5,000 meters [that’s a maximum flight time of 17.69 seconds]. This expansive vary permits the tank to successfully interact targets which might be twice as distant as these attainable with conventional 125 mm shells. 

Enhancing their efficacy, the Invar missiles characteristic a tandem warhead, able to piercing as much as 900 mm [35.4 inches] of armor. The missile 9M119M “Invar” was launched in 1992, and its counterpart, the 9M119M1 “Invar-M”, was launched within the latter half of the Nineteen Nineties. The 9M119F and 9M119F1 variants are guided high-explosive missiles, designed particularly to focus on enemy personnel.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russian T-90M tanks crews train to destroy NATO tanks in Ukraine
Picture by Stanislav Krasilnikov

On February 21, 2022, Russia said that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, ensuing within the deaths of 5 Ukrainian fighters. Nevertheless, Ukraine rapidly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable transfer on the identical day, Russia introduced it formally acknowledged the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Curiously, in response to Russian President Putin, this recognition lined all of the Ukrainian areas. Following this declaration, Putin despatched a battalion of Russia’s navy forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Quick ahead to February 24, 2022, world headlines had been dominated by a important incident. Putin commanded a forceful navy assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s spectacular Armed Forces positioned on the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous however a premeditated motion. Regardless of the circumstances resembling a conflict, the Russian authorities refrains from utilizing this time period. They’d relatively consult with it as a “particular navy operation”.


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