The Russian Army celebrates the Day of Military Air Defense on December 26. This branch of the military is responsible for covering motorized riflemen and tankers from air strikes. About how the military air defense will develop, its chief, Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov, told.
According to the general, one of the main tasks of his subordinates is the fight against unmanned aerial vehicles. Drones have become a dangerous weapon. Their massive use can cause great harm to the troops. This was shown, for example, by the Karabakh war of 2020.
As Aleksandr Leonov said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda, in the training of calculations, in particular, the Syrian experience is used.
The latest anti-aircraft systems “Buk-M3”, “Tor-M2”, portable anti-aircraft missile systems “Verba” are used to combat drones.
New anti-aircraft systems are being developed: the 57-mm anti-aircraft artillery system “Derivation-Air Defense”. The use of a special projectile with programmable detonation in the target area, the general said, will allow one or two short bursts of microdrones and mini-drones, including Phantom-4 quadcopters, to be hit.
A modification of the Pantsir-SM-SV anti-aircraft missile and gun system on a tracked chassis for the Ground Forces and the Airborne Forces is also being developed.
The complex will have two types of anti-aircraft guided missiles and have an increased engagement zone, Leonov said.
At the forefront, the Ptitselov anti-aircraft missile system will be used. For him, missiles of two types are created: homing by thermal radiation of the target and guided by a laser beam.
The designers are also creating a new generation portable anti-aircraft missile system. The conditional name is “Label”. The rocket will be equipped with an optical-electronic homing head, which has no analogues in the world. It will provide an accurate hit in conditions of exposure to all types of existing and future optical interference