Third battery of Tor-M2 air defense missile system enters in service with the Belarus army 0401143
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|Saturday, January 4, 2014 01:29 PM|
|Third battery of Tor-M2 air defense missile system enters in service with the Belarus army.|
The third battery of air defense missile systems Tor-M2 was put into service by the 120th air defense missile brigade of the Western Operative and Tactical Command of the Air Defense and Air Force of Belarus on January 4, 2013.
Tor-M2 air defense missile system at military parade in Belarus.
The keys to the new systems were presented by Major-General Igor Golub, Deputy Chief of the Air Force and Air Defense of Belarus. He underlined: “With the acquisition of the third battery we have formed a full-fledged air defense missile division, which wields the latest armaments”.
One Tor-M2 battery comprises four vehicles. Thus, the Belarusian army has received 12 Tor-M2 vehicles so far.
The vehicles were made in Russia using Belarusian chassis (MZKT). The chassis has earned a good reputation. “We have already tested it in sands of [the Russian firing range] Ashuluk. We have no complaints about the Belarusian chassis,” noted Igor Golub. He also explained that one combat system can fire at four airborne targets simultaneously.
In mid-December 2011, Belarus reported the delivery of the first TOR-M2E (9K332), or SA-15D GAUNTLET, from Russia’s Almaz/Antei Design Bureau.
Each Belarusian battery comprises four 9A331MK fire units, a vehicle-mounted 9S737MK Ranzhir-MK command post, two 9T244 transporter/loader vehicles with additional 9M334 modules, and one 9V887M2K battery-maintenance vehicle.