Russian’s new Hermes long-range guided weapon system can launch a supersonic anti-tank missile that can reportedly wipe out all western tanks.
“Tests have shown that a single Hermes missile is enough to destroy any existing Western tank. Destruction probability is around 98-99%,” a representative of the manufacturer Shipunov Design Bureau of Instrument-Making told TASS at the Army-2020 forum on Thursday.
A Hermes missile may deviate only by 50 cm from the target even when it is fired to a maximum range of 100 km, with the munition flying at four times the speed of sound, the official added.
The Hermes guided weapon system is composed of a combat vehicle with six launchers for six missiles, command vehicle, load transporting vehicle, guided missiles and reconnaissance drones. The combat module can be mounted on any chassis, including armored vehicles.
“The system comprises several reconnaissance and guidance drones that help detect the target,” he said.
The Hermes can deliver salvo fire against six targets at a time. Apart from the enemy armor, the system’s missiles are effective against command or staff vehicles, communication centers and depots. A missile carries a high-explosive fragmentation warhead with 20kg of TNT.