GarryB wrote:The use of Tor missiles in Armata (Kurganets, Bumerang and BMD-4M) platforms is a lot less likely since they have lower range and performance. The Tor missiles likely are not modern enough for the new platforms, despite to be a very capable system today is unlikely to remain 50 years from now (the approximate life of the new units of the new platforms). The SA-15 Tor systems will very likely remain in the units with T-90, BMP-3 and older platform weapons.
The new TOR missiles are smaller and are carried in larger numbers on the original platfom (16 instead of . Range is also increased to about 15km.
The TOR missiles use sophisticated electronics and sensors on the platform but are cheap simple command guided missiles of very high accuracy.
Using fixed phased array antennas for search and tracking a large platform like Armata could carry large numbers of missiles which don't need to be pointed in the direction of the target before launch... one vehicle could cover 360 degrees continuously and rapidly launch missiles to defeat all sorts of targets.
The TOR is intended to engage incoming munitions as well as enemy aircraft so its range is not an issue at all... larger SAMs can engage enemy aircraft before they launch, while TOR can deal with any munitions that have been launched very very effectively.
The second option most likely to be mounted in the Armata, Kurganets, Bumerang and BMD-4M platforms would be the S-350. It would make a good combination with the Pantsir mounted on the same platforms.
S-350 is an Air Force/Navy/air defence force system. the Russian Army has BUK-M3 with 6 heavy long range missiles per vehicle and S-300V4 above that.
This is only a label. The S-350 is the natural successor of the SA-11/17 Buk missile system. Standardization is positive for Russia. Only need to be adapted to the new land platforms and this very likely will be done, taking into account that the size of the missile seems to allow it.
The future range of air defense weapons for Russia seems to be: Pantsir, S-350, S-400, S-500 and A-235. With different variants on different platforms. These are the systems that will be mounted in the modern platforms. Previous air defense systems will remain in their contemporaneous platforms (in some case going from unarmourd tractor elements to armoured, but only that) because they are good for today, and have decades of life still, but are not systems to remain 50 years since now.