At the largest arms exhibition in the Middle East, IDEX 2021, a number of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems and air defense systems will be presented to the foreign public. This was reported by the Almaz-Antey concern. In particular, materials on the Antey-4000 long-range anti-aircraft missile system will be demonstrated for the first time. Also, exhibitors will be able to familiarize themselves with information about the S-300 and S-400 complexes, “Viking”, “Tor” and many others. Experts note that Russian air defense systems are popular among foreign customers because of their reliability, and the export prospects of these systems will continue to grow.
IDEX 2021, the largest arms exhibition in the Middle East, kicks off in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on February 21. The Russian concern Almaz-Antey announced that it will present a whole range of weapons at the event, including samples that will be demonstrated to foreign participants of the exhibition for the first time.
According to the representatives of the concern, the exposition will include models of anti-aircraft missile systems “Viking”, “Tor-M2E”, “Tor-M2K”, “Tor-M2KM” in stationary and mobile versions, as well as the sea complex “Palma” and others …
The Viking medium-range air defense system provides air defense of troops and administrative-industrial facilities from massive enemy air strikes. It is designed to combat aerodynamic targets, tactical ballistic targets and ground targets.
“Viking” is also capable of striking enemy aircraft at a distance of up to 65 km in slant range and up to 25 km in height. In this case, the range of destruction of tactical ballistic missiles is up to 25 km, and cruise missiles – up to 20 km.
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In turn, “Tor-M2E” and its modifications “Tor-M2K” and “Tor-M2KM” are mobile multi-channel short-range air defense systems with a high probability of hitting air targets. They are designed to combat aircraft, helicopters, aerodynamic UAVs, guided missiles and other targets at medium, low and extremely low altitudes in a difficult environment. Air defense systems of this class are distinguished by high firepower, noise immunity, short deployment time and the possibility of autonomous use of a combat vehicle.
Debut of “Anthea”
As reported in the concern “Almaz-Antey”, at IDEX 2021, for the first time materials about the long-range air defense system “Antey-4000” will be presented to the foreign public. This system received new capabilities in the fight against air targets: the range in range, height and speed of targets hit was significantly expanded.
“The high level of tactical and technical characteristics allows the Antey-4000 to be used for air defense of the most important administrative, industrial and military facilities, and the tracked chassis makes the system mobile even on rough terrain and capable of performing tasks for the defense of areas and military formations in the theater of operations. “Antey-4000” significantly surpasses its predecessor – “Antey-2500” air defense missile systems – in range, altitude and speed of destruction of aerodynamic targets and has no analogues in its class, “the concern said.
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The Antey-4000 was developed on the basis of the S-300V4 long-range anti-aircraft missile system, experts say.
Antey-4000 is a modernized export version of the S-300V4 digital air defense system, which is capable of intercepting both ballistic missiles and other enemy targets at long range, “military expert Yuri Knutov told RT.
“This is a unique system, no country has created anything like this yet,” Knutov added.
The vehicles of the S-300V4 complex are equipped with a tracked chassis, which makes it possible to increase their mobility in off-road conditions. The S-300V4 includes launchers with “light” and “heavy” anti-aircraft missiles, launchers and loaders, and a 9S32M1 multichannel missile guidance station (MSNR).
According to the developers, the Antey-4000 air defense missile system has a range of destruction of aerodynamic targets with 9M83ME missiles is 150 km, and with 9M82MDE missiles – 380 km. At the same time, the height of destruction of aerodynamic targets by 9M82MDE missiles increased from 30 to 33 km in comparison with the capabilities of the Antey-2500.
It is noted that in the new system, the capabilities of hitting ballistic targets were significantly expanded. The maximum speed of the hitting warheads of ballistic targets increased from 4500 to 4800 m / s. The range of destruction of operational-tactical missiles has increased from 30 to 45 km, and the height – from 25 to 27 km, reported the concern “Almaz-Antey” in 2020.
“Antey-4000” in a fairly large area is capable of covering troops on the march and in the deployment areas, a military expert, retired colonel Viktor Litovkin, explained in an interview with RT.
“But it is important to note that the rest of the systems are quite effective: some are intended for ground troops, others for the protection of objects. In particular, the S-400 and S-300 are designed to protect objects and cities, while the Antey-4000 is supposed to protect the troops on the march, and the Buk and Tor are to protect the troops in the deployment areas, “the model expert commented. a number of air defense systems that will be presented at IDEX 2021.
Another novelty, which will be presented at IDEX 2021, will be the modernization program of the Strela-type air defense system, which is widespread in the world, to the level of the Sosna air defense system.
“Compared to its predecessor, the Sosna air defense missile system has doubled the target engagement range, three times the ammunition load, increased secrecy of use and introduced full automation of target tracking and destruction,” the Almaz-Antey press release says.
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The concern will also provide exhibitors with materials about the S-400 Triumph, S-300PMU2 Favorit, the Buk-M2E, Sosna, Tunguska-M1 air defense missile systems, and the Shilka-M4 ZSU-23-4. … Visitors to the Almaz-Anteya exposition will also be able to familiarize themselves with the data of naval air defense systems and air defense systems Rif-M and Shtil-1, ZAK Palma and TU Komar.
The release of Russian products to the international level and participation in exhibitions like IDEX are a breakthrough for the domestic arms industry, military expert Yuri Knutov said in an interview with RT.
“The products of the Almaz-Antey concern have occupied one of the first places in the export of air defense systems in recent years. Considering that the concern has developed various unique modifications of export systems, at this exhibition Russian equipment will be of interest to many countries, the interest in all systems will be great. Competitors in the person of the United States will try to prevent this, they will prohibit many countries from purchasing Russian systems, but despite this, India, China, Pakistan, Egypt, Algeria, Vietnam will still queue up and will be the customers of these air defense systems, ”the expert said.
Russian systems are gaining more and more popularity among foreign customers due to their performance indicators, emphasized Yuri Knutov.
“Countries that buy Patriot air defense systems from the United States also need to purchase THAAD air defense systems, since one American complex is not capable of covering a large space. At the same time, one S-400 complex copes with this task brilliantly. In addition, today Russia is creating digital technology on a single platform. By purchasing complexes of short and long range, it is possible to create a single effective system under a single central control – a powerful dome that will cover a large area, ”the expert said.
In turn, Viktor Litovkin, in a conversation with RT, noted that the products of the Almaz-Antey concern are some of the best anti-aircraft systems in the world and in their characteristics they are many times superior to American complexes.
“The high efficiency of Almaz-Antey’s products is known all over the world, and the fact that today the concern exhibits its products at one of the largest arms exhibitions is a right step. These systems have pretty good export prospects. It is fortunate that the concern will demonstrate equipment in the region where countries are located that need these air defense systems in order to defend themselves against possible hostility from the most aggressive states in the world, ”the military expert emphasized.
Author: Alexander Karpov, Alena Medvedeva