Basically, Buk-MB3K’s parameters are similar to Buk of Russia. According to the information advertised at the MILEX-2019 Exhibition, Buk-MB3K is not an upgrade of the Buk system that was born in the Soviet era.

Buk-MB3K air-defence review on Dung Tran Military channel

Introduce

MILEX-2019 is one of the largest annual defense exhibitions in Eastern Europe, which is also the occasion for leading defense companies of Belarus to introduce their latest weapons to international customers.

The International Military Exhibition MILEX-2019 opened in Minsk, Belarus, from May 15 to May 18 with the participation of many military equipment from 30 countries around the world.

At the MILEX Exhibition, Belarus introduced many new weapons to affirm their capabilities.

According to Belarus News, Belarus introduced two different military systems at MILEX 2019 defense technology exhibition in Minsk. One of them is the Buk-MB3K external link system by OKB TSP.

Buk-MB3K
Buk-MB3K

Upgrade worthwhile

According to the Belarusian state military and industrial committee, the system is the company’s latest surface-to-air system and features a self-propelled firing unit equipped with a newly developed S-range solid state phased array AESA radar capable of detecting air targets at ranges up to 130 km.

The radar can perform automatic target detection and tracking, measuring the primary data of an aerial target, including azimuth and range, and the radial speed in both active and passive modes. The Buk-MB3K system can detect and intercept all types of maneuvering aerodynamic targets ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles to cruise missiles.

The Belarusian system’s reconnaissance, firepower, and maneuvering parameters are on par with modern competing medium-range air defense missile systems while the value for money ratio is rather attractive for a number of countries, which do not produce such weapon systems. High reliability and improved performance are the main traits of the new air defense missile system. The Buk-MB3K system can equally effectively operate against active counter fire and radio warfare interference.

Buk-MB3K

According to Belarus News, The Belarusian enterprise has implemented new technical solutions, which make the system equal to the state-of-the-art medium-range air defense missile systems, which keep up with the air space warfare development trends.

All the combat components are fitted with new automated workstations featuring LCD displays and digital indicators. These features make the work of the personnel much more convenient. They allow organizing personnel training and objective oversight.

Navigation

The system also includes modern solutions for digital communications and data sharing, which enable reliable communication between components of the air defense missile system and its interconnection with the automated control system and radars. A proprietary solution allows positioning combat units using GPS and GLONASS data as well as in an autonomous mode.

Basically, Buk-MB3K’s parameters are similar to Buk of Russia. According to the information advertised at the MILEX-2019 Exhibition, Buk-MB3K is not an upgrade of the Buk system that was born in the Soviet era. However, this is a combination of changes in chassis, electronic combat equipment and can be considered the latest mid-range air defense missile system in the world today.

Buk-MB3K
Buk-MB3K

Performance

The Belarusian automobile engineering company MZKT has come up with a four-axle chassis MZKT-69225 for the Buk-MB3K system. It can carry up to 17,300kg and has a more powerful engine. As a result, the air defense missile system can travel as fast as 60km/h.

Developed by NPOOO OKB TSP, the onboard digital information and control system is designed to control all the components, diagnose malfunctions, and feed data to connected troops and weapon control systems. If malfunctions occur, the system can inform the operator about it in voice mode. On the whole, the new wheeled chassis has improved Buk-MB3K’s maneuverability and performance parameters while reducing the cost of maintenance and repairs.

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