Buk-M3 SAM System Take Up Combat Duty at the CMD

For the first time, the Buk-M3 medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) took up combat duty to protect the airspace in the Central Military District (CMD), said the press service of the Central Military District Monday.

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After the intercession of the air defence missile system, the Altai formation increased its combat capabilities five times, without expanding the staff. Earlier, the personnel of the compound stationed in Biysk underwent retraining on the Buk-M3. After that, the calculations performed live firing at the Kapustin Yar training ground in the Astrakhan region and marched to the point of permanent deployment, where all the necessary maintenance work was performed on the complexes.

"A distinctive feature of the Buk-M3 air defence missile system is that its firepower makes it possible to hit all existing and prospective aircraft," explained the acting Altai air defence unit Lieutenant Colonel Igor Semenov.

SAM Buk-M3 allow intercepting almost all cruise missiles and aerodynamic targets. The launcher carries 12 missiles, the self-propelled firing unit - six. Distinctive features of the new air defence systems in comparison with previous versions are an increase in the carrying capacity of the chassis for a larger number of missiles, an improved control complex and protection of the crew from undermining.

The latest Buk-M3 medium-range battlefield air defence system took part in the Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square for the first time in June 2020.

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