From the Wall Street Journal
Iraq’s Vital Weapon Against ISIS in Mosul
$250,000 Kornet missiles target toughest Islamic State truck bombs
Al-Dahla, IRAQ—Islamic State fighters under siege by Iraqi forces have increasingly sent explosive-packed cars and trucks barreling toward the front lines. The Iraqi military’s answer to armored vehicle bombs is a Russian-made antitank missile mounted atop an American-made Humvee.
Many weapons can disable vehicle bombs, but only the Kornet, which can penetrate 3 feet of metal, can stop an armored vehicle bomb, Iraqi military commanders said.
The laser-guided missiles, introduced by Russia in 1994 as an antitank weapon, can be launched from more than 3 miles away.
The weapon is so prized that Kornet specialist Pvt. Nasr Taha is greeted with handshakes and smiles by ranking Iraqi commanders. Some slip him cash bonuses.
A small mercenary team with just the right skill-set and equipment for a specific, annoying problem can make a lot of money.
As always, be aware of countermeasures the enemy will deploy, once they identify who is foiling their attacks. “All’s fair in love and war”, after all.