RIA reported that the Air-Defense Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Alexander Leonov, said Russia is developing a modified Tor-M2 anti-aircraft missile system with an amphibious variant.
Accordingly, Mr. Leonov told the press: “a Tor-M2 modification is being developed on a specialized wheeled chassis,” The main requirement for a combat vehicle is will be able to “swim across water obstacles.”
In addition, according to Lieutenant General Leonov, Tor-M2 air defense systems will be equipped to the Russian army by 2027.
Earlier, in December 2019, the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Kupol electromechanical plant (belonging to the Almaz-Antey Aerospace Defense Group), a unit specializing in the production of the Tor air defense missile complex, signed a contract to produce Tor-M2 and Tor-M2DT until 2027, worth 100 billion rubles.
Lt. Gen. Leonov said that air defense units in the Arctic and the Far North will be equipped with the Tor-M2DT air defense missile system, which is important when other countries are increasingly interested. mind in this area.
Tor-M2 is a tactical air defense missile system capable of withstanding all weather conditions. The Tor-M2 is designed to carry out air defense and missile defense missions to protect important military, economic and administrative facilities, as well as to support pioneering infantry units.
Designed by Almaz-Antey Group, Tor-M2 is an air defense missile complex upgraded from Tor-M1 version. This is a combination of close-range air defense missiles, capable of destroying types of flying targets such as fighters, helicopters or cruise missiles.
Tor-M2 is capable of destroying targets at long range from 1 to 15 km. The Tor-M2 air defense missile complex is considered to be the last line of defense in air defense systems, when the target is to overcome all other long-range and medium-range air defense systems.
The Tor-M2 air defense missile complex is also designed to travel on complex terrains. Maximum speed can reach 65 km/h when moving on asphalt and about 45 km/h when off-road. Tor-M2’s fighting crew has a staff of 3.
According to sources, Tor-M2 is capable of destroying 4 targets simultaneously at altitudes from 10 m to 10 km. This system uses a new generation interceptor missile, which is said to have much better performance than Tor-M1.
Tor-M2’s radar system can detect targets at a distance of 32 km, simultaneously tracking 48 flying targets. Tor-M2 can also be combined with other air defense complexes such as Pantsir or SAM to be able to tracking targets from when they are out of range.
Some pictures of Tor-M2 system at the annual International Military Technical Forum “Army-2019”: (Photo: rg.ru).