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The Metis-M ATGM system has a semiautomatic guidance system, with commands transmitted over the wire link. The guidance system is constructed so that the most sophisticated and costly components, such as a gyroscopic coordinator, electronic units and an onboard battery, are excluded from the missile.
The ATGM is kept in a launching transporting container and consists of a control section, a flight motor, a warhead, a wing section with a flare, and a launch motor with a wire link reel. The powerful tandem HEAT warhead of the 9M131 missile allows defeat of a wide array of targets, including main battle tanks equipped with add-on and built-in explosive reactive armor, lightly armored vehicles, fortifications and fieldworks (bunker and log emplacements, etc.). To expand the possibilities of system combat employment, the 9M131F ATGMs are fitted with a thermobaric warhead which has a high-explosive and an incendiary effect of a large caliber artillery projectile and is especially efficient in firing at urban buildings and structures and other engineer constructions.
The 9P151 launcher consists of an optical sight-tracker, an electronic unit and a tripod mount with elevating and traversing drives. The precision mechanical drives of the 9P151 launcher simplify the process of laying during combat actions and lower the requirements to the operator's qualification. The employment of the system at night and in adverse weather conditions is ensured by the 1PN86-VI thermal sight installed on the 9P151 launcher.
The system's ATGMs do not require maintenance during their operation and storage. To maintain the 9P151 launcher and the 1PN86-1 thermal sight, use is made of test equipment. The 9F640 field trainer is designed to train crews in basic technique of combat actions in the field. The 9F660-4 trainer is designed to train crews in basic technique of combat actions in a classroom.
According to many accounts by Israeli military, weapons seized from Hezbollah and journalists accounts from Lebanon the Metis-M was used successfully by Hezbollah fighters during the 2006 Lebanon war against Merkava tanks. Russia released a press statement disputing that it had been supplying modern anti-tank weapons to Hezbollah even though the original claim by the Israelis was that Russian weapons which were sold to Syria which in turn smuggled the weapons to Hezbollah. Israel has sent a team of officials to Moscow to show the Russians the evidence of what they say can only be Syrian weapons transfers. To date, Russia has not commented or acted on the weapon proliferation.