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Russia to develop Tor air defense missile system’s Arctic version

March 23, 18:30 UTC+3 IZHEVSK

The Tor-M2 system is currently the basic short-range air defense missile complex used by the Russian military

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Tor-M2 short-range anti-aircraft missile system

Tor-M2 short-range anti-aircraft missile system

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IZHEVSK, March 23. /TASS/. Works for developing the Tor-M2DT short-range anti-aircraft missile system for the Arctic application are planned to be finished by the end of this year, Air Defense Force Commander Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov said on Thursday.

"This year, the upgrade of the S-300V4 complex and the adaption of the Tor anti-aircraft missile system for Arctic applications will be completed. Work is in full swing to develop an advanced antiaircraft artillery complex," the general said.

The first brigade set of the upgraded S-300V4 long-range antiaircraft missile system was delivered to the troops in 2014. From next year, only this modification will be operational in the ground force’s air defense armament, the general said.

Also, the ground forces have been supplied with the latest modifications of the Buk and Tor complexes and man-potable air defense systems since 2016, he added.

The Tor-M2 system is currently the basic short-range air defense missile complex operational in the Russian Army. It is designed to provide air and anti-missile defense at the division level. The system is capable of protecting land troops from anti-radiation and cruise missiles, remote-controlled drones, glide bombs, aircraft and helicopters.

Under an agreement between the Izhevsk-based Kupol electromechanical factory and Vityaz engineering company posted on the website of state purchases, R&D works for developing the system’s modification for application in the Arctic and the Extreme North will be carried out in 2015-2020. The new version of the antiaircraft missile system should be mounted on the chassis of the DT-30PM-T1 two-section tracked prime mover (the DT two-section prime mover).

The S-300V4 is a modification of the S-300VM air defense system with better operational characteristics through the integration of modern computers and new components. The system is capable of hitting ballistic and aerodynamic targets at a distance of up to 400 km.

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