“Флейта” (Fleyta, Flute). GRAU index: 9P137

The 3M11 Fleyta (flute, NATO reporting name AT-2 Swatter) is a Soviet MCLOS radio command anti-tank missile. Various improved versions were designated 9M17 Falanga.

The missile was developed by the Nudelman OKB-16 design bureau. It was developed at about the same time as the 3M6 Shmel as a heavy ATGM for use on both ground launchers and helicopters. It addressed some of the problems of the 3M6; it was much faster, and had slightly longer range. These improvements were achieved by sending commands via a radio link instead of a trailing guidance wire, which allowed the missile to travel faster. However, it did make it vulnerable to jamming. The missile system was shown to Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in September 1964, and accepted for service shortly afterwards.

The 3M11 was the first Soviet ATGM to be deployed from helicopters. Small numbers were fitted to the Mi-4AV. The missile was deployed on the Mil Mi-8 as well as the Mi-24 and Mi-25 series of helicopters.

It was also deployed on the BRDM-1 and BRDM-2 infantry fighting vehicles.

Country: USSR

Year: 1972

In service: 1973

Crew: 2

Armor: 6-12 mm

Engine: GAZ-41 (V8; 5530 cc)

Power: 140 HP

Max speed: 95 km/h

Range: 750 km

Artillery Museum (Petrograd DistrictSt. Petersburg)

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