Russia has begun offering KOMAR naval air defense system for export

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The upgraded Komar [a Mosquito in English] short-range anti-aircraft missile system [SAMS] with two types of missiles for boats and ships with a small displacement is offered for export, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy general director of the Almaz Antey concern, announced on July 3.

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He specified that the small weight and dimensional characteristics of the complex [the mass of the launcher is less than 1.5 tons] make it possible to provide reliable air defense for boats and ships with a small displacement.

“The uniqueness of this complex consists in the possibility of simultaneous use of two types of missiles, “Igla-S” against air targets at a height of up to six kilometers and “Ataka” against surface targets at a distance of up to six kilometers,” he explained in an interview with RIA Novosti “.

According to Dzirkaln, Komar is not a competitor of the Pantsir-ME air defense system, since the complexes have different purposes, and the design of the first one is much simpler. “We are already taking delivery of this complex to some customers and are offering Komar for export,” he concluded.

About the Komar AD system

The Komar short-range anti-aircraft missile system is a Russian-made weapon designed to engage low-flying targets such as helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs], and fixed-wing aircraft at ranges of up to 10 km.

The system consists of a launcher vehicle, a command vehicle, and a radar vehicle. The launcher vehicle carries four missiles in ready-to-launch containers and can be reloaded in the field. The command vehicle provides target acquisition and tracking, as well as missile guidance. The radar vehicle provides early warning and target tracking.

The Komar missile is a two-stage, solid-fueled missile with a range of up to 10 km and a maximum speed of Mach 2.5. It is equipped with a semi-active radar seeker and has a high-explosive fragmentation warhead. The missile is guided to the target by the command vehicle using radio commands.

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The Komar system is highly mobile and can be deployed quickly in the field. It can operate in all weather conditions and is effective against a wide range of targets. The system is also relatively inexpensive compared to other anti-aircraft missile systems.

The US equivalents of the Komar system include the FIM-92 Stinger and the AIM-9 Sidewinder. Both of these systems are man-portable and can be operated by a single soldier. They are also highly effective against low-flying targets and have been used extensively in conflicts around the world.

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