Wall Street Journal: Iraq’s Vital Weapon Against ISIS in Mosul
$250,000 Kornet missiles target toughest Islamic State truck bombs
AL-DAHLA, Iraq—Islamic State fighters under siege by Iraqi forces have increasingly sent explosive-packed cars and trucks barreling toward the front lines. The Iraqi military’s answer to armored vehicle bombs is a Russian-made antitank missile mounted atop an American-made Humvee.
The successful use of the Kornet missiles—price tag $250,000 apiece—helped clear the way for the Iraqi army’s advance on Mosul, the extremist group’s last major stronghold in Iraq.
Many weapons can disable vehicle bombs, but only the Kornet, which can penetrate 3 feet of metal, can stop an armored vehicle bomb, Iraqi military commanders said.
The laser-guided missiles, introduced by Russia in 1994 as an antitank weapon, can be launched from more than 3 miles away.
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WNU Editor: Since the start of the Mosul campaign this WSJ report is claiming that over 100 truck bombs have been stopped by this missile system. With suicide bombers now being the weapon of choice for the Islamic State .... The Islamic State Has Launched Over 100 Suicide Bombers To Defend Mosul Against Advancing Iraqi Forces .... I will not be surprised if this number will only increase in time.