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Peru Orders Israeli, Russian Anti-Tank Missiles

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Spike components(click to view full) In March 2009, Forecast International relayed a report from Chile’s El Mercurio newspaper, which reports that Peru has signed $73 million in contracts for 488 Israeli and Russian anti-tank missiles to equip its armed forces, replacing or supplementing existing wire-guided Russian AT-3B/ 9M14M Sagger and German/Swiss Cobra 2000 missiles. The Cobra 2000 was a more modern variant introduced in 1968, but the type did not have a good record in combat. The 1960s-70s era AT-3 Sagger may be the most widely produced anti-tank missile of all time. It had some initial success in Vietnam and the Middle east, but basic countermeasures like suppressive fire spoil its effectiveness. Its most recent revival took place during the 2006 Lebanon War, when it found a more suitable niche with Hezbollah as a cheap, infantry-portable, close-range substitute for precision artillery. Peru’s recent purchases are reportedly an even split… AT-3, Israeli museum(click to view full) April 2010: Well, at least we know it’s intimidating. A Spike MR/LR anti-tank missile demo goes 1 for 2 in Peru with dignitaries present, with the off-course missile landing just 50 meters from the assembled dignitaries. RAFAEL has promised an immediate investigation. Aviation Week Ares […]

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