SAM "Buk-M3" will begin to enter the army in 2016
"Now there is a planned upgrade with" Buk-M1 "to" Buk-M2 ". Later in 2016, we plan to get" Buk-M3 "
AM "Buk-M3" - further development of the complex and can be adopted in2009. as a complex military army air defense unit. To effectively countering possible threats from the air in the next 12-15 years when it is created using new technologies and developments. It is expected that the "Buk-M3" will be able to destroy air targets, operating at speeds up to 3000 m / s at a range of 2.5 -70 km and altitudes 0,015 -35 km. Antiaircraft battalion will target 36 channels.
TR1 wrote:Very curious about the missiles energy characteristics.
mack8 wrote:Gold find Viktor.
I went "ahhhh, i get it" seeing this...remember the Pantsir-SM shown recently, and it's configuration with 2 vehicle with 12 and 24 missiles respectively for a total of 36? Well, i believe that Buk-M3 will also be made of 2 vehicle teams (within a battery), one vehicle with the radar and 6 SAMs and the other (mysterious so far) vehicle with 12 SAMs, so that is 18 ready to fire missiles on just 2 vehicles (you need FOUR Buk-M2s now for just 16)! Am i off the mark here ? It appears (well, actually it's clear) now the russian concept of SAM operations seems to move towards repelling mass attacks, hence so many missiles in a fire unit on the newest systems (Pantsir-SM, Morfei, now apparently Buk-M3, maybe the latest Tors too, maybe others?)
The concentration of more missiles into less vehicles does concern me though.
And for those 18 ready to fire missiles - there is only one radar unit
This all makes the BUK battery more vulnerable, not less.
TheArmenian wrote:Your eyes are not deceiving you Viktor. I also see 12 missiles on a radar-less vehicle.
The more I think about it, I am suspecting that BUK-M3 may have Active Homing version missiles as well that do not need fire control radar.
Anyways my vote to you.
GarryB wrote:Nice find Victor... but then the top photo in your other post ( Post number 80) also seems to show a vehicle with two hydraulic ram arms raising each holding up a pack of 6 launch tubes... it is very fuzzy and hard to see the front of the vehicle.
In the BUK system there are two TELs... one with a radar on the front and one without, though the one without has a full reload of missiles on board.
Perhaps there are two BUK-3 vehicles... one with double the missiles but no radar and the other with radar and single load of 6 missiles.
TR1 wrote:A-10 might be gone within a year or two, so no need to shoot it at all.