Kalashnikov unveils deadly 'fire-and-forget' self-homing missile

Arms giant Kalashnikov uses Christmas to unveil deadly ‘fire-and-forget’ self-homing missile that will be given to Russian soldiers to destroy helicopters, aircraft and drones

  • The ‘fire-and-forget’ weapon finds its target without additional missile guidance
  • Mass production has already begun for deployment with the Russian army 
  • It can down warplanes, helicopters and drones and incoming missiles

Russian arms giant Kalashnikov has unveiled on Christmas its new hi-tech 9M333 guided missile for destroying low-flying aircraft, helicopters and drones.

The ‘fire-and-forget’ weapon finds its target without additional missile guidance after launch, or being in line of sight of the target.

Mass production has already begun for deployment with the Russian army, Kalashnikov announced.

Russian arms giant Kalashnikov has unveiled its new hi-tech 9M333 guided missile for destroying low-flying aircraft, helicopters and drones

The ‘fire-and-forget’ weapon finds its target without additional missile guidance after launch, or being in line of sight of the target

A video shows the Strela-10M system’s surface-to-air missile that weighs 41kg and carries a 5kg Frag-HE warhead, an upgrade of a Soviet-era system.

‘The missile’s in-situ tests at the Donguz range in the Orenburg region have been completed successfully,’ it said.

The self-homing missile is capable of hitting its target by photo-contrast, infrared, or anti-jamming.

This is described as ‘its key advantage over other weapons of the same class’.

Mass production has already begun for deployment with the Russian army, Kalashnikov announced

The self-homing missile is capable of hitting its target by photo-contrast, infrared, or anti-jamming

A video shows the Strela-10M system’s surface-to-air missile that weighs 41kg and carries a 5kg Frag-HE warhead, an upgrade of a Soviet-era system

As well as downing warplanes, helicopters and drones, it can take out incoming missiles.

It is seen as offering protection to troops on the ground during combat and on the march from air attack and reconnaissance aircraft.

The missile unveiling is the latest of a succession of Russian military innovations as Vladimir Putin upgrades his military forces.

As well as downing warplanes, helicopters and drones, it can take out incoming missiles

It is seen as offering protection to troops on the ground during combat and on the march from air attack and reconnaissance aircraft

The missile unveiling is the latest of a succession of Russian military innovations as Vladimir Putin upgrades his military forces

Kalashnikov Group is a leading Russian manufacturer of combat automatic and sniper weapons and guided artillery rounds, and producer of the famous AK-47 assault rifle.

The arms company decided to unveil the new missile on Christmas Day. 

The festive season in Russia is marked at New Year, and at Orthodox Christmas one week later.

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