9M113 Konkurs (AT-5 Spandrel)

Operator: Status: Number: Cost: Supplier: Acquired:
Algeria In Service <400 Unknown Soviet Union 1981-1982
Egypt In Service <580 Unknown Russia 1992-1995
Iran In Service >2,900 Unknown Initially from Russia, now produced domestically (called the Towsan-1) 1999-
Kuwait In Service <240 Unknown Unknown 1994
Morocco In Service <100 Unknown Russia 2001
Syria In Service <400 Unknown Soviet Union, possibly replacement stocks from Iran 1984-1987
Hezbollah In Service ~50 Gifted Likely Iran Before 2006
Houthis In Service ~30 Gifted Likely Iran Before 2015
Syrian Rebels In Service ~50 Seized and Gifted Syrian army inventories and Saudi Arabia 2013
ISIS In Service ~10 Seized Syrian army inventories 2014
Hamas In Service ~10 Gifted Likely Iran 2010
General Specs
Country of origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Soviet Union/Russia: KBP Instrument Design Bureau; Iran (Towsan-1): Aerospace Industries Organisation (starting in 2000)
Introduced: 1973
Guidance: Wire-guided semi-automatic command to line-of-sight (SACLOS)
Range: 13,123 ft/2.5 miles (4,000 m)
Missile length: 3.1 ft (95.3 cm)
Missile diameter: 5.3 in (135 mm)
Missile weight: 55.6 lbs (25.2 kg)
Launcher length: 51.2 in (1.3 m)
Launcher weight: 49.6 lbs (22.5 kg)
Warhead type: High explosive anti-tank (HEAT) shaped charge
Armor penetration: 25.6 in (650 mm)
Missile velocity: 656.2 fps (200 mps)
Launch platform: Dismounted tripod, truck or armored vehicle mounted, or helicopter launched
Notes: Dismounted weapon components includes folding tripod, fire control system, battery, and launch tube
Optional TPVP/1N65 thermal sight


Lebanon receives first Bradleys

The United States handed over the first eight of 32 Bradley M2A2 infantry fighting vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on 14 August, in a ceremony held at Beirut’s port. Speaking during the ceremony, US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said the Bradleys represented an investment of more than USD100 million that will “provide the Lebanese […]

Algeria confirms Buk delivery

Algeria’s acquisition of Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems has effectively been confirmed by the August issue of the People’s National Army’s (ANP) El-Djeichmagazine. The publication included an article covering the ‘Majd 2017’ exercise held in July, which was supported by a collage of Algerian military equipment – including a transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle […]

Boeing wins $222m Chinook order for Saudi Arabia

The Boeing Co.-Philadelphia, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $222,549,505 firm-fixed-price modification (P00069) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for eight each CH-47F new build helicopters to support the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC). Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2021. Fiscal 2017 foreign military […]

BAE Rolls Out First Omani Typhoon, Hawk

The first of the 12 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters and eight Hawk Mk 166 advanced jet trainers ordered by Oman were “formally presented” to the customer on 15 May, BAE Systems announced. The event was held at the company’s Warton production and testing facility in the United Kingdom and attended by Sayyid Badr bin Saud […]

Raytheon Awarded $12 Million to Provide Engineering Services to Israeli Patriot Missiles

Raytheon, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded an $11,951,853 modification (P00001) to foreign military sales (Israel) contract W31P4Q-17-C-0073 for engineering services for the PATRIOT weapon system. Work will be performed in Andover, Massachusetts; Billerica, Massachusetts; Burlington, Massachusetts; El Segundo, California; El Paso, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; Indianapolis, Indiana; Tewksbury, Massachusetts; and White Sands, New Mexico, with an estimated […]

Iran’s Maritime Mirage

Iran is doing enough damage in the Middle East through unconventional methods without requiring a robust navy. That is why an idea floated by a key Iranian military leader to build naval bases in Yemen and Syria makes absolutely no sense. Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of Iran’s armed forces general staff, suggested last month that […]

Discerning Iran’s Role in Expanding Houthi Rocket Capabilities

Yemen’s Houthi rebels tested a new rocket last Thursday, marking the fourth new projectile they unveiled this year. Dubbed the Somoud, or “steadfastness,” the projectile’s launch was broadcast late last week across Arab and Iranian media. While observers were quick to point fingers at Tehran, based on its established track record of arming the Houthis, […]