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« 9M135 Vorona (NATO's reporting name: AT-19 Sweeper) is one of the newest ATGMs developed for CSAT's infantry and motorized units. The maximum range of this subsonic manual-guided missile is 2000 m, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions. This is because the command launch unit features powerful optics with day and infra-red vision modes and a laser rangefinder. The launcher can even be used without a tripod, and can be mounted on vehicles like the Qilin light strike vehicle. Two 130mm missiles are currently available; anti-tank with a powerful tandem HEAT warhead, and anti-personnel with a HE-FRAG warhead.
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9M135 Vorona
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Faction CSAT
Type Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Caliber 130 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants None
Games
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The 9M135 Vorona is a 130 mm missile launcher that is exclusively used by both Mediterranean and Pacific CSAT forces in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Tanks DLC.

Overview Edit

The 9M135 Vorona is a wire-guided, shoulder-launched anti-tank missile launcher.

It is designed to be able to load missiles fitted with either high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) or high-explosive (HE) warheads. The launcher itself uses an optical scope that has a magnification strength of 2x, a built-in laser rangefinder, and is able to switch between using normal day and orange/red-hot thermal vision modes.

Designed to be a larger counterpart to the smaller Titan MPRL Compact, the 9M135 does not utilise homing guidance to track vehicles and relies on SACLOS instead. The missiles themselves can be controlled up to a maximum distance of 2,000 metres.

The 9M135's two main drawbacks are that it is purely wire-guided and that its launcher is significantly heavier to carry compared to the Titan.

In the case of the former, the 9M135's effectiveness will be solely dependent on the operator being able to maintain aim on the target at all times, since its reliance on SACLOS leaves them completely vulnerable for the duration of the missile's flight. Likewise, the 9M135 cannot make use of the Titan's top-attack flight trajectory since it lacks any kind of autonomous guidance.

Both of the 9M135's anti-personnel and anti-vehicle warheads are significantly more powerful than the Titan's however, which somewhat compensates for its lack of homing capabilities. And because it doesn't utilise any sensors, ground vehicles equipped with infrared warning receivers (IWR) will not be alerted to an incoming missile until it hits the vehicle or the crew spot it visually mid-flight, making it an extremely deadly weapon for ambushes.

Camouflage Edit

  • Brown: Dark coyote brown paint scheme. Used on Mediterranean CSAT 9M135 launchers.
  • Green: Tropical green paint scheme. Only used by Pacific CSAT forces.

Munitions Edit

The 9M135 Vorona is capable of loading and firing two types of missiles:

HEAT Edit

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9M135 HEAT

Standard issue missile. Uses a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) tandem warhead.

The 9M135's HEAT missile is designed to punch through the armour of Main Battle Tanks and heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicles. It can also be used to raze fortified structures that would otherwise be immune to non-AT munitions.

Since it uses a tandem warhead, the 9M135 can bypass slat cages with the initial explosive warhead while the penetrator damages the vehicle's actual armour. It is still recommended to destroy the slat cage with another explosive weapon or with the 9M135's own HE missile first however, as this will maximise the damage potential of the HEAT missile.

The HEAT missile has a maximum control range of 2,000 metres. It has an initial velocity speed of 150 m/s and can reach a top in-flight speed of 900 m/s.

HE Edit

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9M135 HE

Uses a high-explosive (HE) warhead.

The 9M135's HE missile is purely an anti-personnel munition. It will not harm armoured vehicles since the warhead lacks a penetrator submunition, and relies purely on explosive concussion to inflict damage.

When used in-conjunction with HEAT missiles, it can still be relatively useful against slat cages on armoured vehicles. Unarmoured vehicles like Offroads or Light Strike Vehicles are also prime targets for the HE missile.

The HE missile has a maximum control range of 2,000 metres. It has an initial velocity speed of 150 m/s and can reach a top in-flight speed of 900 m/s.

Trivia Edit

  • The 9M135 Vorona appears to be based on the real-world "9K115-2 Metis-M" ATGM, a Russian-made wire-guided missile launcher designed by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.
  • It is one of the only three shoulder-launched ATGMs that are currently available in ArmA 3, and is the first to be exclusive to CSAT forces.
  • Like the MAAWS Mk4 Mod 0/1, the 9M135 is considered as part of the platform update included with Tanks DLC, and can be freely used regardless of whether players own the DLC or not.

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See also Edit

Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit