The AT-7 Saxhorn (Rus: 9K115 Metis ["Mongrel"]) is a wire guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile developed by the Soviet Union in the mid 1970s as a response to the U.S. M47 Dragon man-portable ATGM system. Essentially a simplified and lighter version of the AT-4 Spigot, the AT-7 entered service in 1979 to supplement the heavier AT-4 at the company level. The system consists of the 9P151 launcher post (tripod) to which is fitted the 9S816 guidance box - with the containerized missile above - and (for the AT-13) the fixed 6x 1PBN86-VI thermal sight to the front. The day sight features a fixed 6x magnification telescope with a 6° field of view.
A relatively simple design, the AT-7's is similar in range to that of the western MILAN and Dragon ATGM systems, but with a superior warhead and faster flight times. The modelled version is the standard 9P151 launcher (rev. 4.250) capable of firing the full 9M115 family of missiles including the 9M115M Metis-M, M1, and FAE variants (NATO: AT-13 Saxhorn and Saxhorn-2).
For scenario design purposes, the AT-7/AT-13 will generally be deployed with three launchers per motor rifle company (one per platoon) and four missiles (five for the AT-13) carried per launcher.
Entering service in 1979 the AT-7 saw only modest use and export due to its relatively small warhead, but the AT-13 (1992) is still in production and has proven very popular with governmental and irregular forces across the Near, Middle, and Far-East.
|The observer position F8 displays a third-person view of the AT-7 team.|
|Pressing N provides a magnified third-person view (and only if the Realism setting is Low or Medium (Rev. 3.002)).|
|F7 or F11 switches to the first-person view of the "Squad Leader"/gunner.|
|Pressing N will brings the Squad Leader's binoculars into action. This can not be used to engage targets.|
|Pressing F2 accesses the weapon sights. From here the mouse or joystick may be used to aim, and the space bar/default trigger to fire. As with other SACLOS guided weapons, all the gunner needs to do is keep the reticle centered on the target.
The AT-7's 9S816 guidance box does not have thermal or night vision capability, but NVG (Night Vision Goggle) views for the squad leader/members (Num +) are available under appropriate lighting conditions if the team is so equipped (rev. 2.640). Note that NVGs are useful for observation only, and have no effect on weapon sights.
|The AT-13 features a 1PBN86-VI thermal sight with a fixed 6x magnification. Num + toggles between the day and thermal sights while in the F2 sight view. Unlike other thermal sights in Steel Beasts Professional contrast, focus, gain, and polarity are all fixed.|
|Along the left side of the weapon sight is a descending stadia type scale used to determine target range. This should be used to ensure the desired target is within the AT-7's 40-1000m (80-2500m for the AT-13) engagement envelope.|