Belarusian Defense Ministry Receives Six 9K332MK TOR-M2K Air Defense Missile Systems
Six 9K332MK Tor-M2K air protection missile programs delivered by Russia entered service with an air protection missile brigade of the Belarusian Air Drive and Air Protection. The Belarusian Protection Ministry have acquired new distinctive fight automobiles, which haven’t any world analogs, have are available service with the brigade. The “Okay” stands for “Kolesnyy” (wheeled); the system’s 9A331MK transporter-launcher and radar (TLAR) automobiles use MZKT-6922 6×6 chassis in contrast to the transporter-launcher and radar automobiles in Russian navy Tor programs, which use tracked chassis. Using wheeled chassis allowed to enhance mobility and scale back working servicing prices. Parts of the Tor M2K system can self-deploy over lengthy distances.
The Tor (Torus) is an all-weather, low- to medium-altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system designed for destroying aircrafts, helicopters, missiles and unmanned aerial automobiles. Initially developed by the Soviet Union below the GRAU designation 9K330 Tor, the system is usually recognized by its NATO reporting identify, SA-15 “Gauntlet”. The closest overseas equal to the Tor, in operate and operation, are programs just like the British Rapier missile and French Crotale missile programs, which some take into account to have considerably much less efficiency than Tor. Tor utilizing automobiles, which carries a crew of 4, and acts as an autonomous Transporter, Launcher And Radar unit, or TLAR (much like however not a TELAR, because it doesn’t erect the missile to a launch place).
Upgrades have continued over the lifetime of the system, with developer Almaz Antey unveiling the most recent incarnation of the Tor missile system, the Tor-M2E, on the MAKS Airshow in 2007. Ammunition of the Tor-M2 contains 8 missiles 9M331 or 16 missiles 9M338 with elevated altitude and vary. Tor-M2E missiles have a spread of 16 km, most altitude of 10 km and most velocity of 1000 m/s. The system is able to short-stop firing, which takes 2–3 seconds for the system to go from movement to stationary and firing of the missile. The Tor-M2E is at the moment produced at OJSC Izhevsk Electromechanical plant. Tor-M2K 9K332MK is Tor-M2E model with a wheeled 9?331?? chassis developed by the Belarusian firm MZKT mounting two 9M334 missile modules with 4 9A331 missiles.
Tor-M2K will substitute the outdated Soviet-made S-300 air protection missile programs. The primary batteries (4 automobiles every) of Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile programs entered service with the a hundred and twentieth anti-aircraft missile brigade of Air Drive and Air Protection Troops in 2011-2012. In early 2014, the a hundred and twentieth brigade arrange an air protection battalion comprising three batteries armed with Tor-M2 missile programs. +5 Tor-M2K ordered in 2016 and delivered in 2018. Further programs have been delivered and ordered in 2016 and 2017. In 2022 Belarus shipped at the least one Tor M2K battery with 5 launcher automobiles with related command and help automobiles to Russia. These have been used to bolster up Russian air defenses in the course of the Russian invasion to Ukraine.
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