Kalashnikov delivers tracked vehicles for Buk-M3 and Tor-M2 air defense launchers


The Mytishchi Machine-Building Plant (MMZ) of the Kalashnikov Group began to produce and deliver tracked vehicles for Buk-M3 and Tor-M2 air defense launchers according to 2023 and 2024 arms procurement orders, Kalashnikov said. “The plant has fully and timely fulfilled the 2022 arms procurement order and began to produce and ship tracked vehicles under 2023 and 2024 orders,” it said.
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MMZ CEO Sergey Kozlov said the enterprise strengthens Russian defense capability by providing tracked undercarriage for Buk-M3 and Tor-M2. It also overhauls the hardware engaged in Ukraine. “The plant continues to fulfill contracts for the delivery of spare parts for tracked undercarriages in 2023-2024. It has signed a contract for capital overhaul of tracked undercarriages,” Kalashnikov said. MMZ currently produces 11 modifications of tracked undercarriages for various military vehicles.

The Buk-M3 (nicknamed Viking) medium-range surface-to-air missile system is a modernized version of the Buk-M2 system, features advanced electronic components and a deadly new missile, and could be regarded as a new system. It is designed, developed, and manufactured by the Russian Defense Company Almaz-Antey. The Buk-M3 boasts a new digital computer, a high-speed data exchange system and a tele-thermal imaging target designator instead of the tele-optical trackers used in previous models. A battery of Buk-M3 missiles can track and engage up to 36 targets simultaneously, while its advanced 9R31M missile is capable of knocking down all existing flying objects, including highly maneuverable ones, even during active electronic jamming. The Buk-M3 can also engage sea and land targets, due to its vertical launch capability. According to information published by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Armed forces received the first set of the newest Buk-M3 in 2016.

The Tor is an all-weather, low- to medium-altitude, short-range, surface-to-air missile system designed for destroying airplanes, helicopters, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and short-range ballistic threats. Originally developed by the Soviet Union under the GRAU designation 9K330 Tor, the system is commonly known by its NATO reporting name, SA-15 "Gauntlet". A navalized variant was developed under the name 3K95 "Kinzhal", also known as the SA-N-9 "Gauntlet". Tor was designed to shoot down guided weapons like the AGM-86 ALCM and BGM-34 day and night, in bad weather and jamming situations. Tor can detect targets while on the move. The vehicle must stop intermittently when firing, although trials have been conducted with the aim of eliminating this restriction.


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