NI recalled the “forgotten but deadly” “Point”
“Tactical missile systems like the“ Hotspot ”can cause significant damage to the enemy, even if he is better armed. These systems allow precise strikes against command posts, troop congestions, warehouses and airfields in the enemy's rear, while there is no need to control the airspace over targets, ” - the article says.
"Point" was put into service in 1975. The improved "Point-U" entered the troops in the 1989. In this complex, the defeat range increased to 120 km, and the missile’s likely deviation from the target was reduced to 90 meters (the Luna missile, the predecessor of the Point, could move away from the target on the 700 m).
“There is information that a modification was tested with a range of 170 kilometers and a deviation of 70 meters, but the choice was made in favor of a more powerful Iskander system,” the author writes.
It is noted that "" Point "is very mobile, can move off-road and cross water obstacles, developing a maximum speed on the highway to 60 kilometers per hour, capable of working in a radioactive, biologically or chemically polluted environment."
The 15 min. Is enough to deploy the complex, and the 20 min. To reload. Systems were used in Chechnya, South Ossetia, and the Middle East. The first application in Yemen is recorded in 1994 g during the civil war. Two years ago, “Point” was used in the same country by the Hussite rebels.
"Despite superiority in the air, advanced air defense systems and great firepower, the (Saudi) coalition suffered hundreds of casualties because of these missiles," the author notes.
The complex was used in Ukraine against the Donbas militias. “It is believed that the blow of the Ukrainian“ Point ”in February 2015 of the year caused a powerful explosion at the chemical plant in Donetsk,” the newspaper reminds.
- RIA News. Igor Zarembo
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