The "Skif" (oir Stugna-P) is a locally-designed, developed, and manufactured Ukrainian Anti-Tank, Guided-Missile (ATGM) weapon system. Such systems are dedicated to the anti-tank / anti-fortification role and provide armor defeating properties at-range. Design work on the product was handled by the Luch State Kyiv Design Bureau and service entry is reported to have occurred with Ukrainian Armed Forces sometime in 2011.
The weapon has been in active use in the Ukrainian-Russian War following the Russian invasion of its neighbor in February of 2022. In one report, the Ukrainians targeted - and successfully shot down - a hovering Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" attack helicopter from cover, showcasing the versatility of this all-in-one system.
The complete system has a conventional arrangement involving the optics set, launch tube, and heavy-duty tripod support assembly. For maximum effectiveness, the weapon relies on an operating crew of between two and four personnel. The launch tube is cylindrical in its general shape, capped at both ends until made ready-to-fire. Optics are managed through the accompanying PDU-215 remote control, joystick-equipped interface panel wired for operation from the launch unit up to 50 meters out. This provides the crew with Semi-Automatic Command-to-Line-of-Sight (SACLOS) function via Television or thermal imaging channels through manual aim or "Fire and Forget".
The tandem-charge missile is detonated through an impact fuze arrangement and has reportedly good penetration effects against even modern armor protection - including those relying on Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) blocks, primarily common to Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) today. Beyond its usefulness as an anti-armor solution, the missile can also be featured as a "Bunker Buster" against fortified, entrenched enemy units. Range is out to 5.5 kilometers in day time settings though this is reduced to 3 km in low-light level / night time environments requiring the use of thermal imaging hardware for maximum effectiveness.
The Skif system supports missiles in both 130mm and 152mm diameters and these are further offered with HEAT (High-Explosive, Anti-Tank) or HE-FRAG (High-Explosive, FRAGmentation) warheads to suit the battlefield need. The smaller missiles are relatively easier to transport and offer armor-defeating / tank-killing properties while the larger-diameter missiles are expectedly heavier but increase lethality at-range even further.
Overall weight of the launch system (sans missile component) is 215lb. This increases to 230lb with the armament installed and the system made ready-to-fire.
Beyond its typical tripod mounting, the weapon can also be affixed to vehicles, via a pintle mount solution, or operated as part of a complete Remote Weapon Station (RWS) atop the roof line of the more modern Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) available to militaries today.
Beyond its adoption by Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Skif has been taken into service by the nations of Algeria, Morocco, Myanmar, and Saudi Arabia.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Anti-Armor / Anti-Tank / Anti-Material
Designed to engage and defeat armor / enemy tanks at range.
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.
Special purpose weapon for a specially defined battlefield role.
Inherent ability to engage / defeat armored targets at range.
Ability to defeat fortified / reinforced structures.
Versatility is such that it can be mounted to vehicles as an anti-infantry / area suppression solution.
SCOPE-CAPABLE / SIGHTING ASSIST
Supports mounting of optics (scopes) to aid in accuracy for ranged fire.
Can be mounted to a tripod assembly, typically of heavy-duty construction for added accuracy in ranged fire.
Can be mounted atop a trainable pintle assembly for additional support.
Detonation of this entry is reliant on impact at target / target area; typical quality seen in direct-fire weapons (rocket / missile launchers).
231.49 lb 105.00 kg
Integrated Optics Set.
One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
Design relies on impact on target for detonation.
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Rounds / Feed
Single-Shot; Reusable Launch Tube.
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6 ft (2 m | 2 yd)
"Skif" - Base Series Name.
"Stugna-P" - Alternative name.
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