|Place of origin||Russia|
|Manufacturer||KBP Instrument Design Bureau|
|Warhead||HEAT tandem warhead, Armor penetration behind ERA 850 mm. Thermobaric anti-personnel/anti-material warhead is also available.|
|Engine|| solid-fuel rocket|
|0.08 - 1.5 km|
|semiautomatic with commands transmitted over wire link|
According to accounts by Israeli military, weapons seized from Hezbollah and journalists accounts from Lebanon, the Metis-M was used successfully by Hezbollah fighters during the 2006 Lebanon war against Merkava tanks. Russia released a press statement disputing the claim that it had been supplying modern anti-tank weapons to Hezbollah; the Israelis' original claim, however, was in fact that Russian weapons which were sold to Syria which in turn smuggled the weapons to Hezbollah. Israel has sent a team of officials to Moscow to show the Russians the evidence of what they say can only be Syrian weapons transfers. To date, Russia has not commented on the weapon proliferation, although it has moved to tighten control over the use of Russian-made weapons by the importing states.
The Metis-M system adds to the usual positive qualities of a grenade launcher with sharp improvements in range, accuracy and lethality. Owing to the small dimensions and light weight of its components, this manportable system can be carried by its crew in compact packs over any distance and over a wide variety of terrain types—including stream crossing. The three-man crew carries personal weapons and an ammunition load of five missiles. One crew member carries a pack with a missile-loaded launcher, which considerably reduces the time of fire preparation and allows the crew to engage targets whilst moving. In the event of sudden appearance of a target, the operator can fire from the shoulder with the launcher rested against a local object. Two other crew members carry packs with two missiles each.
- changes from the traveling to the firing position—and vice versa—in 15 – 20 seconds;
- firing rate of 3 - 4 rounds per minute;
- fired from organized and deployed sites in the prone and standing foxhole positions as well as from combat vehicles;
- can be shipped by any type of transport and can be air-dropped.
The Metis-M system comprises:
- combat assets;
- maintenance facilities;
- training aids.
The combat assets of the Metis-M system include:
The Metis-M ATGM system has a semi-automatic guidance system, with commands transmitted over a wire link. The guidance system is constructed so that the most sophisticated and costly components, such as a gyroscopic coordinator, electronic units and an onboard battery, are excluded from the missile.
- 22x20px Hezbollah
- 23x15px South Korea
- 23x15px Morocco
- 23x15px Iran
- 23x15px Syria
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- Russia's Arms Catalog 2004