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Official trials of new Russian-made Sosna air defense missile system will start in 2016 TASS 11012155


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Official trials of new Russian-made Sosna air defense missile system will start in 2016.
The official trials of the advanced Sosna air defense (AD) missile system will commence in 2016, Sergei Ignatov, director for foreign economic relations, Tochmash Design Bureau (a subsidiary of High-Precision Systems), told journalists on Thursday, December 10, 2015.
     
The official trials of the advanced Sosna air defense (AD) missile system will commence in 2016, Sergei Ignatov, director for foreign economic relations, Tochmash Design Bureau (a subsidiary of High-Precision Systems), told journalists on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Russian-made Sosna air defense missile system is based on MTLB tracked armoured vehicle chassis.
     
"The official tests begin as soon as early 2016. We are to submit the system to the Defense Ministry by the middle of the year and, hopefully, the military and we will sign a contract then," Ignatov said.

Earlier, Ignatov had told TASS that Russia was pondering the export of the Palma and Sosna AD systems to the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. According to him, "the UAE, Egypt and Algeria have shown interest in our proposals." The Sosna’s trials were supposed to end by mid-2015.

The advanced AD missile system fires the Sosna-R two-stage surface-to-air missile used in the Palma shipborne AD missile system in service with the Russian and Vietnamese navies. The Sosna-R missile’s range is 1-10 km. It has a combined impact/proximity laser fuse. Its payload is made up of two warheads weighing a total of 7 kg. The fragmented-rod warhead is designed for proximity detonation when flying close to the target, while the armor-piercing/fragmentation warhead goes off on impact.

The Sosna’s self-propelled launcher carries 12 missiles. Its reload time is 12 min. The missile uses radar guidance for the boost phase and then switches to laser beam guidance. The optical fire control system affords the Sosna AD system high survivability and enhanced jamming immunity. The Sosna system has the command vehicle controlling missile launches by several self-propelled launchers. The Sosna’s self-contained optical sensor allows tracking 50 targets and engaging one on the move.
     
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