"Thor" is appropriate here: the Western Military District is updating air defense systems.The modernized air defense systems will be able to shoot down not only airplanes and helicopters, but also high-precision missiles, drones and aerial bombs
The Western Military District (ZVO) will be re-equipped with the latest Tor-M2 short-range air defense systems. They are especially effective against modern aerial threats and are focused on war against a high-tech adversary with cruise missiles, attack drones and guided aerial bombs. The complex automatically detects a target in any weather, day and night, takes it for tracking and destroys it. The operator only needs to press the control button. According to experts, such air defense systems will radically strengthen the air defense capabilities of the Ground Forces in the central region of Russia.
A fundamental decision was made to re-equip the Western Military District with the Tor-M2 air defense system, sources in the defense department told Izvestia. The complexes were transferred to the 6th separate tank brigade in Mulino near Nizhny Novgorod. Earlier, as part of the tests, the ZVO already received a batch of experienced air defense systems, which entered service with the 1st Guards Tank Army.
The Ministry of Defense and the Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol signed a long-term contract for the production until 2027 of a large batch of Tor-M2 in the presence of President Vladimir Putin. The total cost of the contract will be about 100 billion rubles. Part of the air defense system will be released in a special, arctic version.
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Unique complexes will arrive in the air defense units of the district
Under the previous state contract, starting in 2017, the Ground Forces have already received six Tor-M2 divisions. They re-equipped the anti-aircraft missile regiments of the 4th Kantemirovskaya tank and 150th motorized rifle divisions. In addition, they entered service with air defense units in Kaliningrad and the Chechen Republic.
“The Tor air defense complex was specially created to protect troops in combat and field conditions from high-precision weapons,” military expert Viktor Murakhovsky told Izvestia. - It can work on such targets as anti-radar missiles, guided and guided aerial bombs, cruise missiles. In this area, the complex is one of the best in the world, if not the best. Of course, it can also be used against conventional air attack weapons - helicopters and tactical aviation aircraft. "Thor" has already gone through several stages of modernization. The capabilities of the current version of Tor-M2 have increased even more.
When the first drone raid of militants was carried out on the Russian base of Khmeimim in Syria, it turned out that the available air defense systems did not provide an effective fight against them. Then the Tor-M2U battery was transferred there, and it successfully solved the tasks of fire destruction during all subsequent drone raids, including group ones. Now the newest version of "Tor-M2" is being supplied to combined arms formations and units. In the future, they will also be in the marines and coastal troops. According to the staff structure, the division should have five air defense missile systems, and the brigade should have four. The delivery program is being successfully implemented, and the army will be reliably protected from all high-precision means of attack, including drones and guided or guided bombs, the expert said.
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