Azaz3l wrote:hansbroger wrote:Kobra has the potential to be a better missile than Refleks in many ways as it maintains an average velocity of close to 440 m/s over its 4000m flight range (faster than Refleks) and justifiably could be one of the fastest GLATGMs (and ATGMs) in the game, somewhat negating its limited 2625m range while when it comes to warheads in the T-80BV's timeframe there is comparatively no difference in warhead performance between Refleks and 9M112M2/M4/128, if anything AP assignment will be in the low range to keep price pressure down. Thus I actually see a T-80BV with 9M128 as being functionally no different than the Refleks armed T-80A which could then be turned into a much better tank.
There is a reason why 9M119 Refleks missile was developed in 80s: Kobra despite the upgrades still had 60s guidance system that was easily jammable and not 100% reliable, the newly developed Refleks' guidance on the other hand was pretty unjammable. The only difference in speed is that Kobra arrives only 1 second earlier at 4000m range Refleks. Tanks with Kobra also cannot reach 5km thanks to their guidance unlike Refleks.
I'm not saying the Refleks system didn't have more potential (It does), I'm just saying the Kobra came close enough and exceeded refleks in some key parameters given its stats in game (in the case of a 2625m where time on target is vital, modeling Kobra's speed which included an 800m/s initial sprint phase is a good idea and makes for a flavorful alternative), it should not be more accurate than Refleks or Svir but that being said it should be accurate enough to get the job done, not the current paltry 45% CTH.
The jamming was a concern but 9K112's multi channel system was far less susceptible than the system used for example by Shillelagh. While a concern it wasn't an outright Achilles heel. The guidance system was from the 60s but the avionics were progressively upgraded through the missile's production history so there's room for minor improvements to be found there. Since we're stuck with it up to T-64/80BV might as well make it somewhat useful and faithful to the characteristics.