Russian state-owned conglomerate Rostec has announced plans to develop a multi-purpose anti-tank guided missile system (ATGM) that will be capable of neutralising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

KBP Instrument Design Bureau, a part of High Precision Weapons holding company of Rostec, has initiated the development of the ATGM. Rostec claimed that currently there is no active anti-tank weapon system in the world that is capable of shooting down small-sized UAVs.

Rostec industrial director Bekkhan Ozdoev said: “KBP has started developing new ATGMs. The new design is no longer solely a highly specialised anti-tank weapon, but a multipurpose defensive and assault weapon capable of effectively hitting both traditional targets such as tanks or armoured vehicles, but also a whole range of previously unattainable targets such as unmanned aerial vehicles.”

The new missile system will leverage thermal and optical seeker technologies to identify aerial threats and will operate on the fire-and-forget principle.

However, the name of the new weapon system was not specified by the company.

Separately, KBP is working to enhance the technology of manufacturing warheads for ATGM missiles. The work will help in delivering improved compositions of explosives.

Recently, Russia defence ministry signed an agreement with its counterpart in Myanmar to deliver a batch of Pantsir-S1 self-propelled anti-aircraft missile and gun systems. These systems can destroy fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, ballistic and cruise missiles, precision-guided munitions and small UAVs.

Under the agreement, Myanmar will also receive Orlan-10E unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and radar stations.