Army air defense of the Russian armed forces will receive new anti-aircraft missile systems, according to RIA Novosti news agency reported quoting chief of the Air Defense Forces ground troops Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov.
“There is a planned refitting of the armed forces, and quite dynamic – are supplied. And not just re – we form new connections and is equipped with brand new weapons. State tests were conducted and put into service a new line of modern complexes,” – said Leonov. According to head of the Air Defense Forces ground troops, it is primarily a question of such complexes as “Tor-M2” MANPADS “Willow,” anti-aircraft missile system S-300VM.
At the same time Alexander Leonov recalled that the approved plans by the end of this year, the troops will be re-equipped with new equipment by 30 percent, and by 2020 – 70 percent.
We add that the complex “Thor M2U” for air defense units of the ground forces in the fighting and in areas of concentration, the protection of command posts, communication centers, radio equipment, bridges, airports, etc. by guided missiles, bombs, airplanes, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and other elements of high-precision weapons. The complex was developed in the Research Institute of Electromechanics in Moscow and produced at the Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant “cupola”. All the facilities of the family “Thor” use a single surface-to-air missile (SAM), which is established in the ICD “Torch”.
“Thor-M2U” has high reflection efficiency of massive attacks of modern means of air attack under intense fire and electronic countermeasures.