Stugna-P: the Ukrainian Javelin

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2015/03/11 • Military analysis

Slovoidilo.ua demonstrated the characteristics of the Stugna-P, a Ukrainian analog of the American-made antitank guided missile system known as the FGM-148 Javelin.

Like its American counterpart, it is used to destroy tanks and other heavily armored vehicles, including those equipped with modern reactive armor, at distances of up to 5 km.

In addition, the “Stugna-P” can be used to strike airborne targets which are flying at low speed and altitude. The missile caliber is 130 mm. The rocket is laser-guided in the range of 100 m to 5 km and its shaped charge can burn through armor thickness of 800 mm.

The rockets for the Ukrainian version of the Javelin are about four times cheaper than the US counterpart, are wholly made in Ukraine, and do not have any component parts of the Russian Federation.

Ed. note: This weapon is a standard-issue Ukrainian anti-tank missile. Under the rule of president Yanukovych, ousted in 2014, manufacturing of these weapons heavily stagnated, and those in storage were kept in terrifying conditions, resulting in 1 out of 10 being functional. Much of the qualified work-force had moved on, the supply chain devastated. Ukraine has the capability to produce these weapons, but no money to invest into its military-industrial complex.

Infographic from Inforesist

 

Translated by: Jim Beale
Source: SlovoiDilo

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  • George

    I hope Ukraine has several hundred stockpiled ready for use.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      According to slovoidilo there’s also a lighter, shorter-range version known as the “Korsar” (range about 2,500 m), but no mention of whether that is in service with the army.

  • Dalton

    Outstanding

  • catonine

    Are these new?

  • Тарас Шевченко

    A good measure in the case DNR/LNR/Russian tanks attack Mariupol or any other free Ukrainian city. What the ATO and volunteer battalions need now is a good artillery counter battery system because they have no shortage or conventional or rocket artillery and they do not care who they shoot it at.

  • Rods

    Excellent news, how long before they are in full production? I think with the heavy weapons pull back by Ukraine and a token one by Russia, Ukraine is going to need these sooner rather than later, With troop and heavy armour buildups around Mariupol, Donetsk and the the north of Luhansk region, I think the Russian forces and their terrorist agents are restocking, rotating and repositioning ready for a spring offensive.

    Part of Minsk II was the disengagement and retreat of foreign forces, yet there are daily reports of more Russian heavy armour and ammunition crossing the border into Ukraine, where IMO Putin has no intention of abiding by what he has signed.

  • evanlarkspur

    How can I rub my hands together brisky in anticipatorial glee in a comments forum?

    I’m ready for Ukrainian soldiers to begin pushing a button and making non-existent, not-invading things far away go boom. Childish, I know, but there you have it.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      According to the Demented Dwarf there are no Russian soldiers or tanks in the Donbas, so there are no “non-existent, non-invading things far away to go boom”. And we all know that the Demented Dwarf always speaks the truth, don’t we…. NOT!
      I fully share your sentiments, though.

  • Murf

    Hopefully UA can cannibalize the defective ones. and get more into operation.
    Fielding more of these bad boys should be a top priority.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      If the army hasn’t even started reconditioning them by now, those responsible should be prosecuted forthwith for gross negligence at the very least.

      • Murf

        Never underestimate the shortsighted laziness of the old guard Ukrainian bureaucracy. Hundreds of them need to be metaphorically (and not so metaphorically) castrated in public for their ineptitude and out right treason.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          The general manager of a company my Dad worked for used to say “He should be shot with sh*t” which would also be an appropriate punishment, though castration in public on the Maidan- preferably using a blunt teaspoon- would do very nicely as well.

  • Vol Ya

    The Ukraine government needs to make the production of these guided anti tank weapons priority #1. They take less time and money to produce than a tank and they are very portable.

  • Mazepa

    The money is already well on it’s way.
    Smert mockalyam.
    Guaranteed.