BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – A new Russian air-to-surface missile is believed to be a “true tank-killer” that is capable of eliminating most enemy targets, The National Interest publication reported on Saturday.
According to the National Interest article, Russian arms manufacturer Techmash announced that its S-80FP was nearly finished testing and should enter military service at the end of this year.
“We aim to wrap up [testing] and to begin taking orders from the military, if all goes according to plan,” Techmash claimed, as quoted by the National Interest.
“The S-8OFP “Broneboyschik” (Russian for “armor piercer”) is the latest entry into the S-8 family, originating as a 1970s series of Soviet rockets with a wide range of warheads from fuel-air explosives (FAE) to flares,” the National Interest article claimed.
“Though virtually indistinguishable from the outside, the S-8OFP brings several key internal improvements to the S-8 system. It houses a smaller but more powerful engine, which gives Techmash engineers room to install a much larger and heavier warhead. The result is a rocket that boasts not only more firepower but a more sophisticated payload delivery system,” they added.