Wojskowy Instytut Techniczny Uzbrojenia (WITU) is highlighting both long- and short-range variants of the MOSKIT 120mm anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system at MSPO - LR and SR respectively.

A mock-up was showcased last year but WITU has now decided to reveal a real system, albeit one still under development. According to the manufacturer, all technologies – including engines, electronics, warhead and opto-electronic sensors – have been developed indigenously.

The MOSKIT ATGM is designed as an efficient weapon against armoured targets, including modern MBTs and AIFVs. It is considered as a cheaper alternative to Rafael’s SPIKE missiles, which are produced under license by MESKO in Skarżysko Kamienna. Another advantage is that Poland would have full access to the relevant technologies – a crucial benefit in times of conflict, when deliveries from an abroad might be disrupted or even halted for political reasons – WITU’s representative stressed.

The company claims MOSKIT can already penetrate between 700-800mm RHA, which capability has already been tested. The declared range of MOSKIT-SR is between 100-2,500m, while for MOSKIT-LR it is between 100-5,000m. The latter can be fired either from the shoulder (it weighs 20kg) or from a tripod (26kg). Missile velocity is 250m/sec.

MOSKIT is equipped with an opto-electronic warhead with day/night sensor. WITU wants to equip its missile with two firing modes – ‘fire-and-forget’ and semi-automatic, in which trajectory can be corrected by an operator via optical fibre. It will also have a top-attack option.

At the same time, WITU is showing a visualisation of the DOMINATOR system, an ATGM module for various vehicles. DOMINATOR-1 is designed for the HITFIST and ZSSW-30 turrets and includes two MOSKIT-LR missiles; DOMINATOR-2 can be mounted on tank hunters and it features four MOSKIT-LRs; DOMINATOR-3 is suitable for helicopters (four missiles in total).

Development of MOSKIT-LR is expected to be completed by the end of 2021, while field tests of a tandem warhead are planned for later this year.

Robert Czulda in Kielce for MON

A tripod-mounted MOSKIT on display at MSPO 2020. (Photo: Robert Czulda)

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