I guess this thing has its logic from the beginning, and answers some certain threat.
2500m (+?) fits Javelin if you ask me, and the timetable would fit it either.
But firing from such ranges at BMPs is dangerous because you are well inside its range of fire with 25mm to 50mm guns and unlike Javelin you need a clear line of sight to the target from launch to impact...
Looking at the size, I would guess that you can have a three-pack for every Kornet tube.
The retractable launchers on the Epocha turrets I have seen (the 30mm armed ones) appear to use something like the quad launcher for Kornet but are carrying 8 Bulat missiles ready to fire... making it compatible would make sense just as they made the missile launcher arms on the BRDM-3 compatible with both the AT-4 and AT-5 missiles where they could mount a mix of missiles on the five launch rails ready to launch.
Make it 3+km range, HE/FAE warhead with contact/noncontact/delayed fuze, and you can beat the shit out of every single target on the battlefield. Including small drones.
My understanding was a core reason for the HE frag version of the Kornet-EM with the 10km range including 10km altitude was to enable drones with low RCS and low IR signature could be engaged.
Having a lighter smaller missile would make sense because you don't need 1.2m of armour penetration performance to deal with most non MBT targets.
(That video above is interesting in that feedback from operational use included the example that the enemy were driving in civilian cars and a Kornet hit the front vehicle which penetrated that vehicle completely and also destroyed the three cars following it too... meaning four vehicles stopped with one missile.)
Having a precision guided high speed missile (supersonic) with a HE warhead that can be fused to penetrate armour while also spreading metal fragments around the place would be very useful, but if it could only reach 2-2.5km then Metis already does this so the HE version could be used instead...
I think the idea of basing the missile on the Kornet was to expand the options for all Kornet based launchers to more efficiently engage a range of different targets.
@ garryb you mentioned it would be good to have a anti drone version i think it would be fairly easy to do, if i am correct in saying Iran designed the Qaem anti air missile range of 6km max altitude 2km this was originally designed from the Toophan/TOW missile. they also used the same tech to design a air to surface glide bomb to be launched by drones. I think Bulat could be very useful as an anti drone and as a air to surface missile fired from a drone. They could easily change the warheads to suit, thermobaric, HE-FRAG, HEAT, AA missile etc etc.
The Bulat appears to be the size of an RPG-18... perhaps a bit longer... how about a modular model.
Assuming it is based on the Kornet in layout that means there is a small precursor charge in the front and the main HEAT warhead at the rear (externally painted yellow in the image above) which gives the main charge a good standoff distance for better penetration as the plasma beam is formed properly before hitting the armour.
Imagine issuing the missile with optional different nose charges... one to start a penetration or defeat ERA, one that just has a fragmentation forward facing charge, and perhaps one with no charge at all and instead a proximity laser sensor for use against flying targets. The rear main charge could be fused at the back to penetrate armour but also fused at the sides or front so it explodes more like a bomb and sends fragments everywhere, so you could attach the suitable nose piece and set the fuse on launch... maybe I am making it too complicated...
Either way it would be a compact light accurate weapon able to destroy Patriot missiles or S-300 missiles or other large SAM launch tubes from a couple of kms away which would make it ideal for special forces... they are light and you can carry quite a few and could be air delivered to you by drone too...
I suspect the idea behind the Bulat is talk of suicide drones, having a light accurate fast guided missile that was affordable and could be deployed in enormous numbers but still take down drones.
Like I said above Pantsir and TOR and these new SAMs they are developing to intercept artillery shells and rockets and drones... the latter missiles will have ARH for precision, but command guided and beam riding makes them cheap so you can afford to buy them and also use them in enormous numbers... which is critical... no point having the best super missile if you only get twenty because they are so expensive, and super expensive weapons you will get told off for using and you find yourself wondering if the target justifies the use of the weapon... when they are good weapons and they are cheap then you use them which makes them something many western super weapons are not... effective.
Also... I noticed further up it talked about Kornet double tapping missile launches to defeat APS systems... their underbarrel grenade launchers had two range scales... one in red and one in white, white being direct fire and red being indirect fire so you could load a grenade and use the red scale... aim and fire and start counting in seconds... reload the second grenade which you just push in through the muzzle and flick the sight to the same range in white (say 320m to the target) and then when you get to 9 seconds or 12 seconds (can't remember which) and then fire the second round, and if you time it right both rounds land at about the same time...