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Aircraft Killer: New Russian Buk-M3 SAM System to Enter Service Soon

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In 2016 the Russian Armed Forces are about to receive a new and deadly addition to their arsenal – Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile system (NATO reporting name: SA-17 Grizzly).

The new type of missile used by the launcher is more compact than the ordnance used by its predecessors, allowing Buk-M3 to carry a payload of six instead of four missiles. At the same time, the new missile outclasses previous models in terms of its technical characteristics: it can destroy any type of airborne target in existence, can be used against naval and ground targets, and is extremely resistant to electronic countermeasures.

The Buk-M3 carries its payload in launch containers instead of positioning missiles on external rails. This new feature significantly reduces the time between shots as the launcher no longer has to rotate and elevate the missiles in the direction of a new target: the rockets are launched vertically and adjust their trajectory midair.

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The new radar employed by the Buk-M3 allows it to detect airborne flying at extremely low altitudes (5 meters and higher), and increases the maximum destruction range of the weapon to 70 kilometers. The tele-thermal imaging target designator used by the launcher allows it to detect and track targets regardless of the time of day and weather conditions.

According to Zvezda TV channel, a division of Buk-M3 can simultaneously track and engage up to 36 targets, with the probability of hitting a target with one missile reaching a 0.9999 percent certainty. The weapon system can also intercept and destroy airborne targets flying at a speed of 3 kilometers per second (for example, the speed of a missile fired by a US-made MGM-140 ATACMS surface-to-air missile launcher doesn’t exceed 1.5 kilometers per hour).

The first Buk-M3 divisions are expected to enter service this year as part of the ongoing general rearmament program, and will provide a considerable boost to Russia’s already formidable anti-air capabilities.

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  • 0.9999 percent certainty to hit ?
    That's not to good. I assume it should have been 99.999 percent accurate
  • Didn't know that the American missile was THAT slow at 1.5 km/h :) I figure that the American missile was not as good as the BUK 3 but this is a bit over top to say this

    Should that not have been 1.5 Km/sec
  • cast235
    This is nothing. See a more powerful BUK soon. Reason Russia MUST buy enough to give manufacturer a good earning and profit, and R&D. Then this will go to lesser forces and the new goes to where is the MOST important to defend. MOSCOW?
    next will be tandem charges and triple. First maybe some crippling thing , that will cause holes, second blast may happen by side and destroy most , third charge will penetrate target and blow it. Innovations. Or add laser that damage target before the hit? The future is wild.
  • michael
    ah yes, the problems of being a generalist and a journalist rather than a specialist in military hardware - or maybe simply not having studied physics in school and then studied journalism.
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    siberianhusky, I can sleep faster than 1.5km/h :) and all of that with 0.99999 % certainty.
  • tony p
    Well Ukraine won't be getting their blood soaked hands on this model.
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