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The 9M123 missile
|Place of origin||Russia|
|Variants||9M123, 9M123-2, 9M123F, 9M123F-2|
|Weight||46 kg (54 kg with launch tube)|
|Warhead||Tandem HEAT (9M123), Thermobaric (9M123F)|
|Warhead weight||8 kg (9M123), 6 kg (9M123F)|
|ACLOS radar beam riding , SACLOS laser beam riding|
|Two control surfaces|
|9P157-2 tank destroyer, Mi-28 Attack helicopter|
The Khrizantema (Russian: "Хризантема"; English: Chrysanthemum) is a Russian supersonic anti-tank missile. Khrizantema was designed to deal with current and future generations of main battle tanks, such as the M1A2 and Leopard 2A5 and later, and can also be used to engage slow and low flying aerial targets like helicopters. The missile carries the GRAU designation 9M123 and the NATO reporting name AT-15 Springer.
The Khrizantema anti-tank missile was unveiled in July 1996 by the Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashynostroyenia (KBM) Engineering Design Bureau. The missile had started development in the 1980s and was designed as an all weather, multi-purpose missile system that could defeat current and future armoured units equipped with advanced armour protection like explosive reactive armour (ERA). Khrizantema was envisaged as a replacement for a variety of different types of anti-tank missile that remained in service with the Soviet military, such as the 9K114 Shturm and the 9M120 Ataka-V. The system was expected to enter service with the Russian armed forces in 2004.
The 9M123 missile is supersonic, flying at an average speed of 400 m/s or Mach 1.2
The 9M123 missile together with its associated guidance system forms the 9K123 missile system. It is currently launched from the 9P157-2 Khrizantema-S tank destroyer, Mi-28 Havoc attack helicopter and most likely in the near future from the KA-52 Alligator attack helicopter as well. The 9P157-2 Khrizantema-S is based on the BMP-3 chassis. The 9P157-2 carries two 9M123 missiles on launch rails, which are extended from a stowed position, the radar is also stowed during transit. Missile are re-loaded automatically by the tank destroyer from an internal magazine with 15 rounds (missiles are stored and transported in sealed canisters) and can also accept munitions manually loaded from outside the vehicle. The manufacturer claims that three 9P157-2 tank destroyers are able to engage 14 attacking tanks and destroy at least sixty percent of the attacking force. The dual guidance system ensures protection against electronic countermeasures and operation in all climatic conditions, day or night. NBC protection is provided for the crew (gunner and driver) of each 9P157-2 in addition to full armour protection equivalent to the standard BMP-3 chassis and entrenching equipment.
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