The 9M114 "Shturm" complex is a versatile missile system designed to be mounted on ground vehicles and helicopters. Its physical appearance is distinctive, with a relatively skinny 130 mm diameter, small fins at the rear, and a 1.625 meter length that makes it look more like a rocket than an ATGM, especially while still loaded in its canister. Although the 9M114 family can't exactly boast overwhelming firepower, particularly the basic "Kokon" model available to helicopters in War Thunder, all members are surprisingly quick in flight and have good effective ranges.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Ka-29 · Mi-8AMTSh
|Mi-24P · ◔Mi-24P · ◊Mi-24P · ◄Mi-24P HFS 80 · Mi-24V · ◔Mi-24V · Mi-35M
|Missile guidance time
|3.93 kg TNTeq
The basic 9M114 has rather underwhelming firepower. 560 mm of flat penetration is actually somewhat lower than the 9M17M Falanga the Shturm was designed to replace and significantly inferior compared to the TOW-2 and HOT-2 used by contemporary NATO helicopters. 3.93 kg of TNT equivalent is not bad and enough to knock out light targets with overpressure. It is generally not effective against composite or reactive armour.
Comparison with analogues
- BGM-71D TOW-2 - the TOW-2 has much better penetration, a higher TNT equivalent, and even IRCCM, making it a much deadlier missile. However it has a slower flight speed and a range of less than 4 kilometers.
- HOT-2 - the HOT-2's 900 mm of penetration makes the 9M114 seem like a firecracker, however like the TOW it also has a shorter range. The HOT also suffers from an especially poor flight speed of 250 m/s.
- HJ-8C - the HJ-8C is plainly inferior to the Shturm in almost all categories, having a very disappointing 3 km range and an even slower flight speed than the HOT-2. Where it outshines the Shturm is its tandem warhead - although it might have problems against some types of composite armour at 590 mm of penetration, it has no problem with ERA.
Usage in battles
The basic 9M114 can be counted on to provide a fast and long, if not very powerful punch. On helicopters, it's best used to take out priority targets like SPAA vehicles from a safe distance first. After creeping closer to the battlefield, it's easier to target weak points or switch to more powerful ordnance like heavy unguided rockets.
Pros and cons
- Great flight speed
- Better range than comparable missiles
- Responsive to control inputs, easy to steer
- Relatively weak warhead, easily stopped by composite or reactive armour
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