9K115-2 Metis-M (Mongrel; UEDF reporting name: AT-13 Saxhorn-2) Anti-tank Guided Missile
by Tim Wing
The 9K115 Metis (“Mongrel”) (UEDF reporting name AT-7 Saxhorn) was a man-portable semi-automatic command to line of sight (SACLOS) wire-guided anti-tank missile system of the Eastern Block of Soviet Independent States (EBSIS). This weapon, generally considered to be in the same category as the UEDF’s RL-1 Guided Rocket Launcher, entered service with the Soviet Army and other members of the Warsaw Pact in the early eighties.
The missile was developed by the Tula KBP. It is very similar to the 9K111 Fagot in external appearance (having three main fins); however, the missile is much lighter – primarily because of the reduced fuel load, which reduces the maximum range to 1,000 meters.
During the 1980s, an upgraded version of the missile was developed – the Metis-M 9M115-2 (sometimes labelled Metis-2). Fired from the same launcher, the new missile was much larger and heavier, with an increased range and a larger warhead. The UEDF designation for this missile was AT-13 Saxhorn-2.
- Manufacturer: KBP Instrument Design Bureau
- Caliber: 130 mm
- System weight: 16.5 kg
- Missile weight: 5.5 kg at launch
- Missile length: 980 mm
- Wingspan: 300 mm
- Warhead: HEAT shaped charge
- Warhead weight: 2.5 kg
- Operational range: 40–1500 meters
- Speed: 200 m/s
- Guidance system: Wire-guided SACLOS
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