Soviet Union – AT-2 Swatter Anti-Tank Guided Missile

Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:48 pm

The AT-2 Swatter anti-tank guided missile, which was introduced by the Soviet Union in 1960, is one of the earliest of the first generation anti-tank missiles. It uses an MCLOS (Manual Command to Line Of Sight) guidance system. The operator guides the missile to its target using a joystick control.

A variant of the AT-2 Swatter anti-tank missile, the AT-2C Swatter C, uses SACLOS (Semi-Automatic Command to Line of Sight) guidance.

The Swatter weighs 58.4lbs (26.5kg) and is 44.5 inches (1130mm) long.  Because it is quite bulky, the AT-2 guided missile is usually mounted on launch rails in banks of four and fired from an AFV. It can be mounted on a helicopter.

Two AT-2 Swatter Anti-Tank Guided MissilesA solid fuel motor propels the AT-2. This anti-tank missile has a flight speed of 335.5 miles per hour (540km/hr).   Four stabilizing fins keep the AT-2 on course.

The hollow charge warhead is capable of penetrating up to 19.68 inches (500mm) of armor at a maximum effective range of 1.55 miles (2500m).

There have been three versions of the AT-2: AT-2A Swatter A, which is the original model, AT-2 Swatter B, and AT-2 Swatter C, which uses

AT-2 Swatter is the NATO reporting name for this weapon.  Previously, the three versions of the weapon were known by different names. Model AT-2 A, the original version was called the 3M11 Falanga, model AT-2B was called the 9M17 Skorpion and model AT-2C was known as the 9M17 Falanga-M.

The AT-2 Swatter anti-tank missile was used by the Egyptian Army during the 1967 War and by the Iraqi Army during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.