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Almaz-Antey Launches Next Generation Buk Missile Into Development

© AP Photo / Mikhail MetzelIn this June 30, 2010 file photo, a Russian Buk-M2 air defense system is displayed at a military show at the international forum "Technologies in machine building 2010" in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.
In this June 30, 2010 file photo, a Russian Buk-M2 air defense system is displayed at a military show at the international forum Technologies in machine building 2010 in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. - Sputnik International
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The Russian arms manufacturer says it has begun work on the next generation of the Buk medium-range advanced defense missile system.

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The V.V. Tikhomirova Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Design announced on Wednesday that work has begun on the development of new versions of the Buk self-propelled medium-range surface-to-air missile system.

"The management of Almaz-Antey, our parent company, has given us the task of working out a proposal for the further development of the Buk air defense missile system," Yuriy Beliy, NIIP's general director, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

"With Almaz-Antey, we will present our proposals to the Ministry of Defense. But, without waiting for a final decision [from the MoD] and with the full support of the company, the scientific research institute has already initiated work on developing long-term technical solutions."

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Beliy explained that the latest developments in aerospace attack technology have made the further development of the Buk missile system a necessity.

"We must not pause in the development of equipment capable of countermeasures, including the development of equipment for ground forces engaged in air defense."   

Beliy also confirmed that the Buk-M2E system will be on display at the International Aviation and Space Salon, an airshow which takes place August 25-30 in Zhukovsky, close to Moscow.

"Almaz-Antey's exhibition space at the International Aviation and Space Salon will be used to demonstrate the 24 target air defense missile system, and its training apparatus," said Beliy.

© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the photo bankSelf-propelled Buk 2 M2 missile systems during a full dress rehearsal of the V-Day Parade on Red Square, Moscow
Self-propelled Buk 2 M2 missile systems during a full dress rehearsal of the V-Day Parade on Red Square, Moscow - Sputnik International
Self-propelled Buk 2 M2 missile systems during a full dress rehearsal of the V-Day Parade on Red Square, Moscow
The first incarnation of the Buk self-propelled medium-range surface-to-air missile system was developed in the USSR by the Fazotron Scientific Research Institute, and was first introduced into service in 1978. 

The Buk-M2E advanced defense missile system, which entered into service in the Russian army in 2008, has a speed of up to 65km/h, and can operate in temperatures up to ± 50°C and wind speeds up to 30m/s.

It is capable of taking down a tactical ballistic missile within a range of 20km and cruise missiles at a 100m altitude within a range of 20km. It can destroy aerodynamic targets with a maximum speed of 830m/s flying at an altitude of between 0.015km and 25km, and within a 3km to 45km range.

A single missile can destroy tactical ballistic missiles with a probability of between 60 percent and 70 percent, and destroy tactical aircraft and helicopters with a probability between 90 percent and 95 percent. 

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