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80 Buk-M3 air defense missile systems were delivered to the Russian army

MOSCOW, (BM) – According to a press release issued by the Russian Central Military District, the latest Russian Buk-M3 mobile air defense missile system has already been put into operation and is about to be brought into combat readiness, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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80 units of the Buk-M3 air defense missile system were delivered to the anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Central Military District, it is clear from the press release. The delivery was made on November 12 this year.

Buk-M3 is an updated version of the old Russian air defense missile system Buk-M2. According to military experts, the new version of the missile system has an increased payload so that it can operate and carry more missiles than the previous one. We are talking about six missile units, which makes a total of 12 missiles. Also, sources from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation say that the new Buk-M3 has modern protection of the crew from detonation. Buk-M3 is entirely Russian production and was produced by the Russian concern Almaz-Antey VKO. The anti-aircraft missile system is adapted to combat fast-moving and highly maneuverable enemy aircraft units.

According to the new technical characteristics of the air defense missile system, Buk-M3 has a fairly large range of damage – from 2.5 km. up to 70 km., and manages to hit targets moving at about 3 km./sec. The system is equipped with an independent radar self-guiding head, which easily locates and directs the missiles on highly maneuverable aircraft, as well as on operational-tactical missiles fired by the enemy. The Russian Buk-M3 system is armed with 9M317M missiles, which have active radar targeting.

The Buk series anti-aircraft missile systems have proven their effectiveness in Syria in recent months. The Turkish Ministry of Defense has officially announced that the Turkish military has lost 12 Bayraktar drones in Syria, which created many problems and easily destroyed the Paintsir-S1 mobile anti-aircraft system. After the failure of Paintsir-S1, the Syrian defense began to use the Russian air defense missile system Buk-M2E and according to the Syrian Defense Ministry, this system has 80% astonishing efficiency, as evidenced by the downed Turkish drones.

India might buy new Russian BuK-M3 ‘Viking’ air defence system

As we reported in January this year following the signing of a $5.43 billion contract in October 2018 under which India would acquire five regiments of the Russian S-400 surface to air missile system, the Indian armed forces have reportedly looked to acquire short and medium range systems to integrate into the system’s network to provide a more capable defence against air and missile attacks.

Russia is reportedly seeking to market the BuK-M3 to India as its first client, after displayed the platform at DefExpo India 2020 in early February. India already deploys an older navalised variant fo the BuK system, although the BuK-M3 fields several revolutionary capabilities. Dubbed ‘Viking’ in its export variants, the platform is the first in the series to integrate a vertical launch system and can track and engage up to 36 targets simultaneously.

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