Yugoimport | Nova Missile System – VIDEO
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Published on 20/08/2021 at 18:30

“Nova” is a Serbian light attack guided missile system designed by the state-owned Yugoimport.

The “Nova” missile system was primarily developed for missions against tanks, armored vehicles, fortifications, command posts, low-flying helicopters, coastal ships, industrial facilities, and bridges.

The “Nova” missile can be mounted on different platforms including helicopters, armored vehicles, or small ships.

The system consists of: 

  • Missiles in containers
  • Launching mechanism 
  • Ground control station with radio link

A launcher station can be fitted with two containers each with one missile ready to fire. The loaded containers have a total weight of 86 kg. The missile is controlled by a ground station when the system is mounted on a vehicle or by a ruggedized tablet for the portable version.

The guidance system of the “Nova” missile is based on a video/infrared homing head with the missile connected to the launcher by a radio link. The missile flies either on the ballistic trajectory or with a low attitude to the target area. 

Using a radio link, the image is transmitted from the homing head to the ground control station, where the operator selects and locks on the target. The “Nova” missile can be fired to a distance from 0,5 to 7 km and is able to penetrate 1,000 mm of Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA). 

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“Nova” Missile Specifications

  • Max Range > 8 Km
  • Min Range > 0.5 Km
  • Weight (Missile): 26 Kg
  • Weight (with container): 35 Kg
  • Weight (with 2 containers and 2 missiles): 76 Kg
  • Dimensions (with container): 300x300x1400mm
  • Warhead: Shape charge of 6.4 Kg (High-Explosive Anti-Tank – HEAT)
  • Penetrability:  > 1000 mm (RHA – Rolled Homogeneous Armor) or Free balls of 7.0 Kg
  • Guidance: Mid-course with Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Terminal Guidance with Homing Head (HH)
  • Seeker Type: Uncooled IIR or TV
  • Target Tracking via missile: lock-on-before-launch (LBL) from 0.5 to 5 km or lock-on-after-launch (LAL) via radio link 0.5 to 8 km

Launcher Specifications

  • Weight (for 2 Missiles): 6 Kg
  • Weight (with 2 containers and 2 missiles): 76 Kg
  • Type: Tripod or Kit for montage on a turret
  • Dimensions (with 2 containers): 300x700x2300mm

Ground Control Station Specifications

  • Weight: 3 Kg
  • Type: Ruggedized tablet with Kit for montage
  • Display: 14”
  • Dimensions: 400x300x60mm

Ground radio with Antenna system Specifications

  • Weight: 6 Kg
  • Dimensions: 300x300x60mm
  • Antenna:  f200x600

“Nova” missile composition (with tandem warhead)

  1. Propulsion section / Booster motor
  2. Wings with control surfaces
  3. Heat warhead
  4. Battery block
  5. Electronic block
  6. Homing head

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