Russia Buys New Batch of Tor-M2 Surface to Air Missile Systems

MOSCOW, (BM) – The Russian Defence Ministry has finalised a new contract for Tor-M2 short ranged surface to air missile systems, according to a recent interview with the general director of the manufacturer the Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant, Fanil Ziyatdinov, learned

He stated regarding sales of the Tor system: ”in October 2019, the sixth set of air defence systems, consisting of 12 combat vehicles (and three command vehicles) was shipped to the Air Defence Forces’ 726th Training Centre for training and rearmament of the 245th anti-aircraft missile battalion of the Southern Military District’s 42nd Motor Rifle Division.”

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Alongside this acquisition, the Russian Defence Ministry notably signed a new contract in September for additional battalions of the Tor system.

The Tor system first entered service in the Soviet military in 1986, and was designed specifically to engage enemy cruise missiles such as the new American Tomahawk. The platform was intended as a complementary shorter ranged counterpart to the S-300, early variants of which were first deployed in the late 1970s, and has since been progressively modernised.

Growing deployments of precision guided munitions by U.S. forces notably prompted the platform’s development, and it has played a crucial role in Russia’s air defence network ever since.

Multiple variants of the Tor including an Arctic variant capable of operating at -50 degrees Celsius, Tor-M2DT, and a naval variant, the 3K95, have since been developed – the latter integrated onto Kuznetsov Class carriers and Kirov Class cruisers among other heavy warships.

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Upgrades have included an extended range, full automation, improved radar coverage, more modern electronic warfare countermeasures and shorter redeployment rates and reaction times. Newer variants of the Tor have also gained the ability to engage multiple targets simultaneously, and deploy munitions with greater precision.

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Source: Military Watch