9M17 Fleyta

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3M11 / 9M17
AT-2 Swatter
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AT-2C Swatter
Type Anti-tank missile
Place of originSoviet Union
Service history
In service1964-present
Production history
DesignerNudelman OKB-16
Specifications
Mass27 kilograms (60 lb)
Length116 cm (46 in)
Diameter148 mm (5.8 in)
Warhead HEAT
Warhead weight5.4 kg (12 lb)

EngineSolid fuel rocket
Wingspan68 cm (27 in)
Operational
range
0.5 to 2.5 kilometres (0.31 to 1.55 mi)
Maximum speed 160 m/s (360 mph)
Guidance
system
Radio command
Steering
system
MCLOS
Launch
platform
Mi-4, Mi-8, Mi-24, Mi-25, BRDM-1, BRDM-2

The AT-2Swatter is the NATO reporting name for the 3M11Fleyta (flute) SACLOS radio command anti-tank missile of the Soviet Union.

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Development

The missile was developed by the Nudelman OKB-16 design bureau. It was developed at about the same time as the AT-1 Snapper as a heavy ATGM for use on both ground launchers and helicopters. It addressed some of the problems of the AT-1; it was much faster, and had slightly longer range. These improvements were achieved by sending commands via a radio link instead of a trailing guidance wire, which allowed the missile to travel faster. However, it did make it vulnerable to jamming. The missile system was shown to Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in September 1964, and accepted for service shortly afterwards.

History

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AT-2B Swatter missile

The AT-2 was the first Soviet ATGM to be deployed from helicopters. Small numbers were fitted to the Mi-4AV. The missile was deployed on the Mi-8 Hip as well as the Mi-24 and Mi-25 'Hind' series of helicopters. It was also deployed on the BRDM-1 and BRDM-2 infantry fighting vehicles.

The original AT-2A (3M11Fleyta) missile was problematic; one Russian source describes the missile as "notable for its complexity and low reliability". Also, the missile's range was felt to be inadequate. An improved version of the missile was developed: the AT-2B (9M17Falanga). Externally, the missiles are very similar, however the AT-2B range is increased to 3.5 km. The standard production version was the 9M17MFalanga-M, which entered service in 1968.

The next development was to integrate SACLOS guidance, resulting in the AT-2Swatter-C or 9M17PFalanga-P. It entered service in 1969. A product improved version the 9M17MP was developed that had an improved engine and signal lamp.

The missile has been used extensively in the following wars on the Mi-24 platform.

It was replaced in Soviet service by the 9K114 Shturm ATGM.

General characteristics (AT-2 Swatter A)

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AT-2A Swatter missile

Models

Operators

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Map with 9M17 operators in blue and former operators in red

Current operators

Former operators

Sources

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References

  1. http://rbase.new-factoria.ru/missile/wobb/falanga_pv/falanga_pv.shtml