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AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel)

Portable Anti-Tank Missile System

Soviet Union | 1979

"The AT-7 Saxhorn was first introduced in the late 1970s and is still in use today despite the arrival of the improved AT-13 Saxhorn-2."

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The AT-7 "Saxhorn" (officially Russian designation of "9K115 Metis", Metis translating to "Mongrel") was developed to coexist alongside the AT-4 "Spigot" series of portable, anti-tank wire-guided missile systems in the Soviet Army inventory. The AT-4 was a large company level weapon system that was fielded with integrated optics, tripod and a large launch tube for the 9M111/9M111-2 and 9M111M series missiles. The weapon system went on to be used by over 30 counties around the world including many Soviet-friendly parties and was produced in the thousands. The AT-7 maintained much of the appearance of the original AT-4 but introduced a revised missile that was lighter in weight, made to modern specifications and featuring a simplified tripod assembly.

Like other anti-tank weapons of this classification, the AT-7 is operated by two specially trained personnel - one to manage the optics and launcher and the other to reload the launch tube component. In this paired fashion, transporting the AT-7 system is divided between the two personnel and up to four missiles are carried by the group. The AT-7 was traditionally issued to such two-man fire teams at the company level as a part of the Soviet motorized rifle companies, each company to tally some three launchers each.

At its core, the AT-7 breaks down into three key components - these being the optics suite, the launch tube and the mount (the latter also known as a launch post). The AT-7 projectile consists of a three-fin stabilized missile that operates initially from a booster before the rocket motor takes over after clearing the launch tube. The missile is then guided along a wire attached from missile to launcher which means that range is somewhat restrictive and line-of-sight on the target is imperative. The missile's warhead is a HEAT (High-Explosive Anti-Tank) shaped charge and weighs in at 5.5lbs. Operational range is approximately 1,000 meters with a 40 meter minimum (the latter for the safety of the firing crew). Despite the standard issue of a tripod with the AT-7 launcher, the system can be fired from the shoulder. The AT-7 launcher can also be utilized in relatively confined spaces with a safety clearance of about six meters directly behind the launcher recognized.

The AT-7 Saxhorn first entered service with the Red Army in 1979 and continues in operation even today. Production has been handled by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau. A newer, modernized version of the Saxhorn - designated as the "AT-13 Saxhorn-2" (known formally as the "9K115-2 Metis-M") - sports a revised missile that is heavier than the original design but features an increased operational range with better penetrative capabilities thanks to its larger warhead. The Saxhorn-2 entered operational service in 1992.

To date, operators of the AT-7 have included (beyond the Soviet/Russian army) Croatia, Hungary, Iran, Moldova, Poland and Syria. Hungary has been known as a producer of the weapon system for interested global parties.

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The physical qualities of the AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
740 mm
29.13 in
O/A Length
740 mm
29.13 in
Barrel Length
13.89 lb
6.30 kg
Optical Wire-Guided
Single-Shot; Reusable
Included Optics
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
3,280 ft
999.7 m | 1,093.3 yds
Notable series variants as part of the AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel) Portable Anti-Tank Missile System family line.
AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 - Base Series Designation
AT-13 (Saxhorn-2) / 9M131 - Improved Version with reworked missile component.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): KBP Instrument Design Bureau - Soviet Union / Russia
National flag of Croatia National flag of Hungary National flag of Iran National flag of North Korea National flag of Poland National flag of Russia National flag of the Soviet Union National flag of Syria

[ Croatia; Hezbollah; Hungary; Iran; Moldova; North Korea; Poland; Russia; Soviet Union; Syria ]
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Image of the AT-7 (Saxhorn) / 9M115 (Mongrel)
Left side profile illustration view of the AT-7 Saxhorn anti-tank missile launcher; color

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