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Russia's Southern Military District Plans First Tor-M2 Live Firings in Fall 2017

© Sputnik / Alexandr Vilf / Go to the photo bankTor-M2DT at the military parade in Moscow marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
Tor-M2DT at the military parade in Moscow marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. - Sputnik International
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Air defense units of the 150th Motorized Rifle Division of the Southern Military District (SMD), deployed in the Rostov Region will conduct first live firings from the Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile system at the Kapustin Yar test range in the Astrakhan region in October this year, the SMD press service said Monday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "Air defense units of the 150th Motorized Rifle Division of the SMD will conduct first live firing from the newest Tor-M2 missile systems," the press service said in a statement.

The press service noted that the servicemen have completed a theoretical and practical training course on the Tor-M2 air defense missile systems in the training center of the Russian Land Force's Air Defense Troops in the Krasnodar Territory.

"In total, about 300 servicemen were involved in retraining," according to the statement.

Following the live firing, the air defense units will arrive at the points of permanent deployment with new combat equipment.

Tor-M2 is an advanced short-range surface-to-air missile system, designed to defend key military and civilian facilities from attacks by aircraft, cruise and guided missiles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles. It can simultaneously detect more than 40 targets, track and attack four of them at once at a range of up to 23,000 feet and at altitudes of up to 19,700 feet.

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