Friday, November 25, 2022

Azerbaijan and Turkey developed new anti-tank missile system based on the BRDM-2 vehicle

Azerbaijan and Turkey developed new anti-tank guided missile system based on the BRDM-2 vehicle.  The new anti-tank system was unveiled at 2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition (ADEX 2016) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The new anti-tank missile system developed in partnership with Turkish armor and missile manufacturer Roketsan and based on BRDM-2 personnel carrier. The new systems used UMTAS missiles.

Mizrak-U or UMTAS (Uzun Menzilli Tanksavar Sistemi) is a long range air-to-surface and surface-to-surface anti-tank missile developed by Turkish armor and missile manufacturer Roketsan.


The missile comes in two versions, one is the Turkish Antitank Missile – Long Range (TAM-LR – UMTAS), which is a long range anti-tank missile system primarily developed to operate from attack helicopter platforms; the other is the Laser – Turkish Antitank Missile – Long Range (L-TAM-LR – L-UMTAS). Both are equipped with state of the art technologies making it effective against all armoured threats of the modern battlefield.

Tactical characteristics include, day-night and all-weather operational capability; fire-and-forget and fire-and-update operation modes; the capability of target update enables, fire behind mask, fire against targets hiding behind mask, accurate aim point adjustment, and damage assessment; tandem Warhead effective against all types of heavy armoured vehicles within 8km range; effective against stationary and moving targets; wide firing envelope allows off-boresight engagement; and insensitive munition characteristics against fuel fire and bullet impact.

Roketsan’s MIZRAK-O, with its 4km maximum range and 200m minimum range, can function in all weather conditions, day and night. MIZRAK-O, which can be used in fire-and-forget and fire-and-update modes, with the elasticity provided by its target update capability, offers possibilities to fire in covered position, to fire at targets behind cover, to point precisely and to evaluate the effectiveness of the hit, can be used against fixed and moving targets.

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