MOSCOW, (BM) – Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems of the Russian military discovered and destroyed low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles of a simulated enemy. This scenario has been played out as part of an exercise at a training ground near Chelyabinsk, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, specialists from radio engineering troops, armed with low-altitude radar stations “Podlet-K1”, also took part in the exercise.
During the tactical episode, specialists of radio engineering troops from the Podlet-K1 radar crew found small, low-speed, and low-altitude targets at a distance of about 15 kilometers, the role of which was played by unmanned aerial vehicles. After the issuance of target designations for the destruction of air targets, the Tor-M1 air defense missile system’s combat crews performed guidance. Electronic launches struck the drones of the imaginary enemy operating at low and extremely low altitudes.
Ramil Ziganshin, head of the Central Military District’s radio-technical troops, explained that the exercise’s main task was to develop information interaction elements between elements of the battle order: command posts, radar detection, and fire destruction of air targets.
The Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile system [NATO classification – SA-15 Gauntlet] is an all-weather anti-aircraft missile system of Soviet and later Russian production. The Tor-M1 air defense missile system was developed by the Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol [part of the Almaz-Antey VKO Concern] and put into service in 1986.
Striking force “Tor-M1” – eight anti-aircraft guided missiles 9M330. They can catch up and hit a target that flies at a speed of up to 2500 km / h and designed to destroy cruise missiles, aerial bombs, drones, combat aircraft, and helicopters, including the so-called “stealth aircraft.” The Almaz-Antey concern developed the Podlet-K1 radar and delivered it to the troops in 2015.
The station can conduct automatic tracking of more than 200 targets of various types to determine their nationality. The coverage of heights is over 10 thousand meters. The detection range is up to 300 km [without activating the additional mode – up to 200 km]. The azimuth detection area is 360 degrees. The deployment time of the complex is up to 20 minutes. The time for turning on the radar in operation is 3 minutes.
Belarus and Russia announce ‘Zapad-2021’ joint military exercises
Belarus and Russia plan to conduct joint “Zapad-2021” [West-2021, Eng. – ed.] strategic exercises in September next year, as we reported on December 5. These maneuvers are carried out by both countries in a cyclical system every four years, and the last edition took place in 2017.
This information was provided by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Sergei Shoygu, during a teleconference. The head of the Russian defense ministry emphasized that the purpose of the exercises was to strengthen the Union State of Russia and Belarus’s military security. Additionally, they will also allow for comprehensive testing of the Belarusian and Russian armed forces’ efficiency and capabilities.
“I would like to point out that the strict implementation of the training plans will allow the troops to maintain a high level of combat capability and adequately respond to possible aggravations of the military and political situation.” That announces the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Army General Sergei Shoigu.
Simultaneously, the Russian defense ministry has announced that it will continue preparations for the next edition of the International Military Games. The latest edition will include two new competitions – one in the field of military tactical shooting and Meridian for military topographers. The nationwide competition is to introduce a match for the deployment of a field hospital.
The last edition of these exercises, i.e., Zapad-2017, took place on September 14-20, 2017, at six training grounds in Belarus and three in Russia. According to official information, 12,700 soldiers and 700 units of equipment from both countries took part in them. Unofficially, however, as many as 90-100,000 soldiers and thousands of heavy military equipment could take part in these exercises. As part of these maneuvers, the Belarusian and Russian armies tested such capabilities as massive air and missile strikes, rapid troop transfers, joint operations, joint air defense, unconventional operations, the use of weapons of mass destruction, and information operations.
Each edition of these exercises and the scope of tasks carried out as part of them are of substantial concern to the Western neighbors of both these countries, especially those from the eastern flank of NATO and the entire North Atlantic Alliance. For this reason, they are closely watched and followed by the international community due to the potential risk of taking actions destabilizing the situation in Central and Eastern Europe.
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