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Tor-M2 image Yuriy Lapitskiy

 

15/11/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Russian defence firm Almaz-Antey has upgraded the Tor-M2 air defence system to give it increased range, higher precision and the ability to carry more weapons.

 

Now equipped with 9M331 surface to air missiles, the redeveloped Tor-M2E was put through its paces last month, as a company representative explained.

 

"We can say now that a unique air defense system in its class with an astounding precision and range has been created", Almaz-Antey's R&D head, Sergei Druzin, told news agency RIA Novosti. "Its performance surpasses all planned parameters."

 

He continued: "We carried out five launches targeting highly manoeuvrable drones. Three of the targets were hit head-on, while the other two were destroyed by shrapnel from exploding warheads. It is an excellent result, astounding precision."

 

Tor Air Defence System

 

The Tor air defence system has been in service since 1986. An all-weather capable surface to air missile launch platform, it is designed to counter aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, precision-guided bombs, cruise missiles and other airborne threats.

 

A large number of upgraded models have been developed from the original Tor, namely the Tor-M, Tor-M1, Tor-M1T, Tor-M2, Tor-MTA and Tor-MTB. Various Tor versions are in service with numerous nations, including Egypt, Iran, Venezuela, Cyprus, China and Russia itself. Presently, Tor-M1 and Tor-M2s equip the Russian Army. These are armed with 9M331 missiles but it's the more capable 9M338s that have been involved in the Tor upgrade missile launch trials.

 

Upgraded Tor-M2

 

According to Druzin, the upgraded Tor-M2s and 9M331 missiles are now approved to enter series production. "We can now start producing these missiles in quantities that would meet the demand of the Russian army", he confirmed.

 

Next to come for the Tor air defence system is a firepower upgrade, allowing it to launch a constant missile stream. "The [mobile] launcher currently stops for two or three seconds to launch a missile, but it could be done on a move, without stopping", Druzin concluded.

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12 septembre 2013 4 12 /09 /septembre /2013 11:40
Battery of Tor-M2E air defense systems

Battery of Tor-M2E air defense systems

MINSK, September 11 (RIA Novosti)

 

Russia will deliver a third battery of Tor-M2 air defense systems to Belarus by the end of this year, Belarusian Defense Minister Yuri Zhadobin said Wednesday.

 

Two Tor-M2 batteries were delivered to Belarus in 2011 and 2012. They have been deployed with the 120th Missile Brigade in western Belarus.

 

“The delivery of the third Tor-M2 battery will allow us to form a full-size battalion based on advanced, new-generation weaponry,” Belarusian state news agency BelTA quoted Zhadobin as saying.

 

The Tor-M2 (SA-15 Gauntlet) is a low- to medium-altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system designed for intercepting aircraft, cruise missiles, precision-guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic targets.

 

The Belarusian minister, who attended an active phase of the Combat Commonwealth 2013 air defense exercise at Russia’s Ashuluk firing range, praised the performance of the Tor-M2, as Belarusian crews operating the system destroyed three simulated targets with four missiles during live-firing drills.

 

“It is a very good result, even better than we expected,” Zhadobin said.

 

Moscow and Minsk signed an agreement on the joint protection of the Russia-Belarus Union State's airspace and the creation of an integrated regional air defense network in February 2009.

 

The network reportedly comprises five Air Force units, 10 air defense units, five technical service and support units, and one electronic warfare unit. It is part of the integrated air defense network of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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