Russian concern Almaz-Antey has started development work on a new generation of medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems, which will replace the new Buk-M3, according to the CEO of the enterprise, Yan Novikov.
Earlier, Almaz-Antey transferred a set of new Buk-M3 medium-range air defense missile systems to the Russian Defense Ministry.
According to Novikov in this short time period since the release of the Buk M3 the concern’s group of technicians have managed to create a key product, the efficiency of which is one and a half times higher than that of the previous generation technology. “We are not stopping at this and have already begun development work on creating the next generation of medium-range anti-aircraft missiles,” Novikov was quoted as saying by the press service of the concern. The Buk M3 is a brand new Russian air defense system. It uses a new missile and has advanced electronic components. It has improved capabilities as compared to the older Buk systems. It outperforms even the old S-300P long-range air defense system. This air defense system can engage tactical and strategic aircraft, helicopters, short-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, air-launched missiles, anti-radiation missiles, guided bombs and other aerodynamic vehicles. It can also operate in heavy enemy jamming conditions. The Buk M3 uses a new 9M317M missile and in terms of design, it differs completely from the older Buk missiles. It is more compact than missiles used on the Buk M1 and Buk M2 systems. The new missile has a range of up to 70 km with a maximum altitude is 35 km.