GarryB wrote:It is interesting that the design of Kornet has a small precursor charge in the nose to set off ERA and start the penetration, behind that is the small server motors that control the nose fins for steering, and then the main body of the missile is solid rocket fuel with a hole down the centre... and behind that near the back is the large full calibre HEAT warhead and behind that the rear looking sensor that sees the laser beam the missile rides down and the rear fixed stabiliser fins.
The rocket exhausts point backwards and sidewards and the fuel in the centre of the missile burns during flight so the centre of gravity of the missile does not really shift as the fuel burns and the forward force from the rocket motors comes from the centre of gravity too so keeping the missile flying straight and level is relatively easy but the main charge warhead is mounted so far back that there is plenty of empty space in front of it to form a good armour penetration plasma beam that continues the hole the nose mounted charge has started.
There is a lot of work that goes in to the design of these weapons, they are quite impressive really...
Isn't nose mounted charge intended to activate ERA blocks? I don't think a small hole created by such a charge would really help in penetrating main armor.