TOR and Buk Air Defense Systems Tested Against Cruise Missiles at Less Than 10 M Altitudes

Russian Army’s TOR-M2 short-range and Buk-M3 medium-range air defense missile systems have intercepted during the drills the cruise missiles flying at altitudes less than 10 meters, reports officially the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The testing resulting in destroying of all the designated targets took place during the large-scale army air defense drills in the South of Russia.

“At the first stage of the exercise, the S-300V4 long-range anti-aircraft missile system battalions repelled the strike of aero ballistic missiles, carrying out combat launches at targets descending from an altitude of more than 200 km. At the second stage, combat crews of Buk-M3 medium-range air defense systems and Tor-M2 short-range anti-aircraft missile systems battalions, after performing combat missile launches, repelled the attack of the simulated enemy cruise missiles flying at altitudes less than 10 meters. Buk-M3 hit targets at a distance of up to 40 km, while Tor-M2 divisions, in turn, performed combat launches at air targets at a distance of up to 15 km”, – said the MoD.

All the systems used during the massive drills have their export modifications, that are actively promoted at the global market by Rosoboronexport, the state intermediary for military and dual-use exports and imports, that celebrates its 20th  anniversary on November 4th  this year. The systems were showcased at the ARMY 2020 Expo in Russia in August.

The export modification of S-300V4 ADMS called Antey-4000 was unveiled for the first time at ARMY Expo. Buk-M3 is marketed globally as the Viking. In 2018 Russia announced the launching at the global market of TOR-E2 ADMS. As the Rosoboronexport Director General Alexander Mikheev pointed out at that time, it surpassed most of its foreign counterparts in terms of ‘unique combat capabilities and technical characteristics’.

The air defense systems form a significant part of the overall Russian military export. As. Mikheev pointed out earlier in Independent Military Review interview, the increase in the Rosboronexport’s portfolio’s share of air defense weapons was due to such landmark contracts as those for the supply of S-400 Triumph long-range anti-aircraft missile system and other systems.

Rosoboronexport was established on 4th November 2000 by the Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is the Russian state intermediary for the exports and imports of the entire range of products, technologies, and services of military and dual use. Among the latest offerings in the air defense domain is a line of electronic countermeasure systems intended for the use against small-sized UAVs. These systems were officially presented by Rosoboronexport at Dubai Airshow in 2019 and later at DefExpo India in Lucknow.

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