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« The AT-9K115 Metis-M (NATO reporting name is AT-13 Saxhorn-2) is a Russian anti-tank missile system. Thanks to its light weight (only 13,8 kg), the AT-13 can be easily transported by infantry units or vehicles. This system is extremely easy to operate – it can fire up to 4 rounds per minute.
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Metis-M 9K115-2
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Faction - Russian Armed Forces
- Takistani Army
Type Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Caliber 130 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Variants Metis AT-13
Games
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The Metis-M 9K115-2 is a 130 mm missile launcher that is primarily used by the Russian Armed Forces, as well as in limited numbers with the Takistani Army in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

The 9K115-2 is a shoulder-launched, wire-guided, anti-tank missile launcher.

It is available in two variants; a static tripod-mounted variant that uses SACLOS guidance and the shoulder-launched man-portable variant that uses a mixture of SACLOS and infrared guidance. Both are designed specifically to load 130 mm missiles fitted with high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) tandem warheads and has a practical effective range of up to 1,500 metres, with a maximum range of 2,000 metres. The launcher uses a magnified optical sight that has a zoom strength of 2x, and is able to switch between using normal day or orange-hot thermal vision modes.

The 9K115-2 is the direct counterpart to the American-made Javelin ATGM. Unlike the Javelin however, the 9K115-2's seeker is designed to utilise IR guidance as well as SACLOS (for the static version) instead, which removes the need to lock-on before firing and can hit ground vehicles at almost any distance; provided that the operator can see and maintain their aim.

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A Russian heavy anti-tank team equipped with the 9K115-2.

While the 9K115-2's HEAT warhead is not as powerful as the Javelin's, it compensates by not requiring a lock-on in order to fire its missile. This means that it can be quickly deployed in an ambush without the need to wait for the seeker to acquire a target first, and also means that the 9K115-2 can be directed against infantry as a last resort; though this is generally not recommended for obvious reasons (as the HEAT warhead isn't optimised to be used against infantry).

Nonetheless, the 9K115-2 has many drawbacks compared to the Javelin. Aside from its missiles for the man-portable variant weighing exactly the same as its American counterpart (six slots per missile), the static 9K115-2's reliance on SACLOS means that the operator must always maintain a steady aim at their target at all times.

Whereas the Javelin is a fire-and-forget weapon and will only miss if the target manages to reach defilade or outmanoeuvres the missile somehow, the static 9K115-2 will easily go off-course from its flight path to a target if the user so much as twitches for a split second in the wrong direction. For both variants, the 9K115-2's missile also tends to behave erratically once it flies past a certain distance (roughly ~ 1,650 metres), and becomes almost uncontrollable even if the user kept a steady aim for the entire duration of the missile's flight.

Variants Edit

  • Metis AT-13: Static launcher variant. Mounted onto a low tripod and is identical capability-wise to the shoulder-launched version aside from using SACLOS guidance only.

Trivia Edit

  • Like the Javelin, it was not given the ability to toggle its thermal vision mode until the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.
  • The 9K115-2 in ArmA 2 is depicted with highly unrealistic capabilities compared with its real-world counterpart. In reality, the 9K115-2 is purely wire-guided and does not have the same fire-and-forget lock-on capability of the Javelin, nor is it meant to be utilised as a shoulder-launched weapon.
    • While the 9K115-2 can technically be shoulder-fired, the way it is shown being used in-game is completely impractical as it requires the user to prop it against an object for stability.
  • As with all ATGM launchers, the in-game 9K115-2 also reuses the same reloading animation as the RPG-7V. The real 9K115-2 requires the entire tube to be removed and replaced first before the launcher can be reused again (the sight itself and the launcher assembly is retained).

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Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit