MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. The Arctic version of the Tor-M2DT air defense missile systems will for the first time enter service with Russia’s Northern Fleet in November, Russian Air Defense Force Chief Lt. Gen. Alexander Leonov has said.
"The first battalion of Tor-M2DT Arctic air defense missile systems will enter service with air defense units in the third decade of November," Leonov said, describing the Tor-M2 family as the most efficient means of combating all types of aerial targets, including low-observable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The Tor-M2DT is the Arctic version of the Tor-M2 (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) air defense missile system. The system is designed for air and ballistic missile defense at the battalion level. It can be used to provide coverage for key administrative facilities and forward forces against the attacks of anti-radiation and cruise missiles, glide bombs, planes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The system has 16 vertical-launched air defense missiles with a range of 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) and an altitude of up to 10,000 meters and can operate in manual and automatic modes. It monitors the airspace autonomously and downs all aerial targets that have not been identified by the friend-or-foe system.
Tor-M2DT was developed on the basis of a two-section tractor. It can operate in harsh conditions of the Arctic and the Extreme North at temperatures of down to -50°C. It has the unique DT-30 tracked chassis making it capable of passing water obstacles and cross-country areas.