​Russia Deploys Pantsir-S1 Air-Defence Missile-Gun and Kornet-T Anti-Tank Missile Carrier Systems to Belarus

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According to a video published by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian army has deployed Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to Belarus / Photo: Screen Shot video footage Russian MoD
According to a video published by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian army has deployed Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to Belarus / Photo: Screen Shot video footage Russian MoD

Russian armed forces continue to deploy military equipment and armored combat vehicles to Belarus including the 9P162 Kornet-T anti-tank missile armored vehicle based on BMP-3 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) tracked chassis and Pantsir-S1 air defense missiles/cannons systems

ArmyRecognition reports citing russian sources.

Picture with 9P162 Kornet-T anti-tank missile armored vehicle going to Belarus by train was published on January 26, 2022 on some Twitter account.

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Russia Deploys Pantsir-S1 Air-Defence Missile-Gun and Kornet-T Anti-Tank Missile Carrier Systems to Belarus, Defense Express
Russia deploys by railway anti-tank missile armored vehicle 9P162 Kornet-T to Belarus / Photo credit: Twitter account Аслан

Next to that, on January 28, 2022, Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) published a video showing several Pantsir-S1 air defense missiles/cannons systems arriving in Belarus.

The 9P162 Kornet-T is based on the BMP-3 IFV tracked without the original turret. The vehicle is fitted with a missile launcher station which has two ready-to-fire Kornet missiles, called 9K128 Kornet-S. In road conditions, the launcher station is stored inside of the hull and is erected at the top of the hull to perform all the firing operations.

The 9P162 Kornet-T is fitted with an automatic loading system. The vehicle carries a total of 16 missiles, including 12 stored in two cylinders each carrying six missiles and four stored in the vehicle that can be manually charged on the weapon station.

The Kornet-T missile carrier is used by motorized units of the Russian Land forces / Photo credit: Military-Today.com

Using the same chassis as the BMP-3 IFV, the 9P162 Kornet-T can be deployed with a motorized rifle and tank units offering the same mobility in the road and off-road conditions and can provide fire support. The weapon launcher unit is able to fire all the missiles from the Kornet family including 9M133 and 9M113-1 fitted with HEAT warhead able to penetrate up to 1,200 mm of armor and has a firing range from 100 to 5,500m as well as 9M133F and 9M133F-1 missiles equipped with a thermobaric warhead.

Russia Deploys Pantsir-S1 Air-Defence Missile-Gun and Kornet-T Anti-Tank Missile Carrier Systems to Belarus, Defense Express
Russian army 9P162 Kornet-T anti-tank missile armored vehicles based on BMP-3 IFV tracked chassis

The 9P162 Kornet-T is fitted with a block of sighting equipment mounted at the front left side of the hull and protected by an armor cover. The sight system is able to detect and engage targets at a maximum range of 4,000 m. In case of failure with the weapon station, the vehicle also carries a tripod to fire the Kornet missile from a ground station. The missile can be fired during day/night and in all weather conditions.

The 9P162 Kornet-T keeps all the mobility capabilities of the BMP-3 and used the same chassis and powerpack. The vehicle is motorized with a UTD-29 turbocharged diesel engine developing 500 hp. The suspension on either side consists of six dual rubber-tired road wheels with the idler at the front, drive sprocket at the rear, and three track return rollers. It can run at a maximum road speed of 70 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.

The Pantsir-S1 is short/medium-range air defense systems. The air defense system is based on 8x8 military truck chassis with a weapon station mounted at the rear of the truck.

The Pantsir S-1 is armed with twelve 57E6 surface-to-air guided missiles and two 2A38M30-millimetre automatic guns developed from the two-barreled 30mm GSh-30 gun. With its missiles, the Pantsir-S1 can engage tactical aircraft at a maximum range of 20 km and altitude of 10 km, subsonic cruise missiles at a range of 12 km and altitude of 6 km, and high-speed air-to-ground missiles at a range of 7 km and altitude of 6 km. With its gun weapons, the Pantsir-S1 can destroy aerial targets at a maximum range of 4 km and a maximum altitude of 3 km.

Russia Deploys Pantsir-S1 Air-Defence Missile-Gun and Kornet-T Anti-Tank Missile Carrier Systems to Belarus, Defense Express
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Earlyer Ukrainian and US intelligence indicates Russia preparing operation to justify invasion of Ukraine. At the same time USA approved additional $200 mln in security aid to Ukraine and several planeloads of U.S. military aid landed at Boryspil airport in Ukraine.

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