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« 9M135 Vorona (NATO's reporting name: AT-19 Sweeper) is one of the newest ATGMs developed for CSAT's infantry and motorized units. The maximum range of this subsonic manual-guided missile is 2000 m, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions. This is because the command launch unit features powerful optics with day and infra-red vision modes and a laser rangefinder. The launcher can even be used without a tripod, and can be mounted on vehicles like the Qilin light strike vehicle. Two 130mm missiles are currently available; anti-tank with a powerful tandem HEAT warhead, and anti-personnel with a HE-FRAG warhead.
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9M135 Vorona
Arma3-icon-vorona.png
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png CSAT
Type Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter 130 mm
Magazine
capacity
1
Mass 200
Variants None
Games
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The 9M135 Vorona missile launcher.

The 9M135 Vorona is a 130 mm anti-tank missile launcher used exclusively by CSAT forces in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Tanks DLC.

Overview

The 9M135 Vorona is a wire-guided, shoulder-launched anti-tank missile launcher.

It is designed to load and fire missiles fitted with either high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) or high-explosive (HE) warheads. The launcher itself uses an optical scope that has a magnification strength of 2x, a built-in laser rangefinder, and is able to switch between using normal day and orange/red-hot thermal vision modes.

Thanks to the 9M135's lack of sensors and minimalistic launch profile, this IFV's crew are about to learn a valuable lesson on situational awareness the hard way.

A larger counterpart to the smaller Titan MPRL Compact, the 9M135 does not utilise homing guidance to track vehicles and relies on SACLOS instead. The missiles themselves can be manually controlled up to a maximum distance of 2,000 metres.

The 9M135's two main drawbacks are that it is purely wire-guided and that its launcher is significantly heavier to carry compared to the Titan.

In the case of the former, the 9M135's effectiveness will be solely dependent on the operator being able to maintain aim on the target constantly. Since it relies on SACLOS for guidance, this leaves them vulnerable for the entire duration of the missile's flight. Likewise, the 9M135's lack of an alternate top-attack flight profile will make hitting certain sections of a vehicle more difficult to achieve (i.e. hitting the turret of a moving tank).

However, as compensation for this lack of homing capability, both of the 9M135's anti-personnel and anti-vehicle warheads are significantly more powerful than the Titan's. Additionally, because it doesn't utilise any sensors for guidance, ground vehicles equipped with infrared warning receivers (IWR) will not be alerted to an incoming missile until it hits the vehicle or the crew spot it visually mid-flight. This, combined with its relatively quiet launch profile, makes the 9M135 a deadly AT launcher for setting up ambushes against unwary crews.

Camouflage

  • Brown: Dark coyote brown paint scheme. Used on Mediterranean CSAT 9M135 launchers.
  • Green: Tropical green paint scheme. Only used by Pacific CSAT forces.

Munitions

The 9M135 Vorona is capable of loading and firing two types of missiles. They both have the same weight of 100 "mass" units:

HEAT

9M135 HEAT

Warhead Damage type Base damage value Penetration depth (mm)
Primary High-Explosive 150 N/A
Secondary Kinetic 720 900

Standard-issue anti-armour missile. Uses a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) tandem warhead.

The 9M135's HEAT missile is designed to punch through the armour of Main Battle Tanks and heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicles. It can also be used to raze fortified structures that would otherwise be immune to non-AT munitions.

Since it has a tandem warhead, the 9M135 can bypass slat cages with the explosive charge while the penetrator remains intact in order to inflict damage against the vehicle's actual armour. It is still recommended to destroy the slat cage with another explosive weapon or with the 9M135's own HE missile first however, as this will maximise the damage potential of the HEAT missile.

The HEAT missile has a maximum control range of 2,000 metres. It has an initial velocity speed of 150 m/s and can reach a top in-flight speed of 200 m/s. The warhead has a blast radius of 3.5 metres, while the kinetic submunition has a launch velocity of 1,000 m/s and a penetration depth of 900 millimetres.

HE

9M135 HE

Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 220

Anti-personnel missile. Uses a high-explosive (HE) warhead.

The 9M135's HE missile is purely an anti-personnel munition. It will not harm armoured vehicles since the warhead lacks a penetrator submunition, and relies purely on explosive concussion to inflict damage.

When used in conjunction with HEAT missiles, it can still be relatively useful against slat cages on armoured vehicles. Unarmoured vehicles like Offroads or Light Strike Vehicles are also prime targets for the HE missile.

The HE missile has a maximum control range of 2,000 metres. It has an initial velocity speed of 150 m/s and can reach a top in-flight speed of 200 m/s. The warhead has a blast radius of 8 metres.

Trivia

  • The 9M135 Vorona appears to be based on the real-world "9K115-2 Metis-M" ATGM, a Russian-made wire-guided missile launcher designed by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.
  • It is one of the only three shoulder-launched ATGMs that are currently available in ArmA 3, and is the first to be exclusive to CSAT forces.
  • Like the MAAWS Mk4 Mod 0/1, the 9M135 is considered as part of the platform update included with the Tanks DLC, and can be freely used regardless of whether players own the DLC or not.
  • Despite the addition of the Russian Spetsnaz faction following the Contact expansion pack's release, no Russian units utilise or have access to the 9M135 by default.
    • Ironically, both the 9M135 and the Rahim marksman rifle are the only modernised Russian-made weapons which are specifically not used by Spetsnaz operatives.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • A static variant of the Vorona was considered by the developers long before the Tanks DLC was released. However, it was scrapped early on due to time constraints and limited development resources.

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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 3
Handguns 4-five .45ACP-C2 .45P07 9 mmPM 9 mmRook-40 9 mmStarter Pistol 10 mmSpectrum DeviceZubr .45
Submachine guns ADR-97 5.7 mmPDW2000 9 mmProtector 9 mmSting 9 mmVermin .45
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AKU-12 7.62 mmAKS-74U 5.45 mmKatiba Carbine 6.5 mmMk20C 5.56 mmMXC 6.5 mmTRG-20 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mmCAR-95 series (CAR-95, CAR-95 GL) • Katiba 6.5 mm (Katiba GL) • MX series (MX, MX 3GL) • Mk20 5.56 mm (Mk20 EGLM) • Promet series (Promet, Promet GL, Promet SG) • SDAR 5.56 mmSPAR-16 series (SPAR-16, SPAR-16 GL) • Type 115 6.5 mmTRG-21 5.56 mm (TRG-21 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles ASP-1 Kir 12.7 mmCMR-76 6.5 mmCyrus 9.3 mmMk-I EMR 7.62 mmMk14 7.62 mm (Classic) • Mk18 ABR 7.62 mmMAR-10 .338MXM 6.5 mmPromet MR 6.5 mmRahim 7.62 mmSPAR-17 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles GM6 Lynx 12.7 mmM320 LRR .408
Squad automatic weapons CAR-95-1 5.8 mmLIM-85 5.56 mmMk200 6.5 mmMX SW 6.5 mmRPK-12 7.62 mmSPAR-16S 5.56 mmZafir 7.62 mm
Machine guns Navid 9.3 mmSPMG .338
Launchers 9M135 VoronaMAAWS Mk4PCMLRPG-7RPG-42Titan MPRLTitan MPRL Compact
Static M2Mk6 MortarMk30Mk32Remote DesignatorStatic Titan Launcher (AA, AT)
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Karts DLC | Marksmen DLC | Apex DLC | Tanks DLC | Contact DLC
Arma3-factionicon-csat.png CSAT - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns Rook-40 9 mmZubr .45
Submachine guns Sting 9 mm
Carbines Katiba Carbine 6.5 mm
Assault rifles CAR-95 series (CAR-95, CAR-95 GL) • Katiba 6.5 mm (Katiba GL) • SDAR 5.56 mmType 115 6.5 mm*
Designated marksman rifles ASP-1 Kir 12.7 mmCMR-76 6.5 mmCyrus 9.3 mmRahim 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles GM6 Lynx 12.7 mm
Squad automatic weapons CAR-95-1 5.8 mmZafir 7.62 mm
Machineguns Navid 9.3 mm
Launchers 9M135 VoronaRPG-42Titan MPRLTitan MPRL Compact
Static Mk6 MortarMk30Mk32Remote DesignatorStatic Titan Launcher (AA, AT)
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* denotes weapons exclusive to the Viper sub-faction.
Marksmen DLC | Apex DLC | Tanks DLC
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