New Delhi: Long before a deal for the supply of S-400 Air Defence System was concluded between Russia and India , Russian officials on sidelines of Defexpo 2016 held in Goa earlier this year had confirmed to author that Russia has offered to supply Buk-M2E air defence missile system to India.
Officials of Almaz-Antey had confirmed that upgraded Buk-M3 with 70 km range, which is 20kms more range than its predecessor was offered to India to work in tandem with S-400 long-range Air Defence System. Buk-M2 first developed in 1988, only entered serial production after 15 years is considered one of the finest weapons in its class.
Buk-M2E is multi-channel, multifunctional, highly mobile medium-range air defence missile system (ADMS) which is designed to engage tactical and strategic aviation aircraft,cruise missiles.helicopters . Buk-M2E is capable of working independently or as a part of air defence formation under Air defence brigade automated command and control system along with S-400 systems or with Tor-M1.
When asked about how it is different from Indo-Israeli developed LR-SAM Air Defence System, Almaz-Antey officials claimed that ADMS provides highly effective air defence for troops on the move in any conditions and can provide 24 hours ,all weather around the clock operation. while it can continuously provide high mobility and comes with excellent cross-country capabilities.
70 km ranged upgraded Buk-M3 can also be used for guarding administrative and industrial installations and was in the news when Buk-M2E was used to bring down Malaysia Airlines MH17 near the town of Grabovo, in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew on-board. Buk battalion comes with one command vehicle, a target acquisition radar (TAR) vehicle, six transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicles and three transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicles.
Each TEL vehicle is a tracked chassis that carries one row of four ready-to-fire missiles in launch tubes, connected to a turntable style launcher assembly mounted on the rear of the vehicle. Each vehicle also has its own phased-array radar mounted on the turntable assembly. As for the missiles, each one weighs 710kg and measures 5.5m in length, with an explosive load of 180kg.