Servicemen of the tank and motorized rifle regiments of the combined-arms army of the Western Military District conducted comprehensive training sessions on firing anti-tank missile systems at the Pogonovo training ground in the Voronezh Region. Training included the study of the methodological part, training on virtual training complexes and training points, as well as live shooting at targets at a distance of up to 2,200 m.
In the course of combat firing, the servicemen fulfilled the standard for the high-speed deployment of the Fagot anti-tank missile system, followed by target detection and firing from the fortification shelter. ATGM crews were supposed to aim and destroy the mock enemy tank in the specified time, simulating the potential time of detection by the mock enemy. This missile is guided and is capable of hitting the enemy at a distance of up to 5 km, penetrating up to 900 millimeters even of dynamic armor.
Also, during the complex exercises, the servicemen practiced hitting targets from T-72B main battle tanks with a smooth-bore gun adapted for firing the Refleks (AT-11 Sniper) anti-tank guided missile. Both are designed to be fired from smooth bore 125 mm tank and anti-tank guns (2A45, 2A46 and 2A46M). In total, about 500 servicemen of the tank and motorized rifle regiments of the combined arms army of the Western Military District were involved in the complex exercises. They fired about 100 shots with anti-tank guided missiles.
The 9K111 Fagot (Bassoon) is a second-generation tube-launched SACLOS wire-guided anti-tank missile system of the Soviet Union for use from ground or vehicle mounts. The 9K111 Fagot missile system was developed by the Tula KBP Design Bureau for Instrument Building. “9M111” is the GRAU designation of the missile. Its NATO reporting name is AT-4 Spigot. The 9K111 Fagot was developed by the Tula Machinery Design Bureau (Tula KBP) with the aim of producing the next generation of SACLOS ATGMs for use in both the man portable role and the tank destroyer role.