Recently, a military delegation from Serbia visited Belarus, familiarizing themselves with the progress of overhaul and modernization of four MiG-29s, which should be transferred to Belgrade. At the same time, the question of cooperation on other projects was raised, the implementation of which is designed to revive individual segments of the national defense.
"Shell-S" is only the first step
According to Assistant Minister of Defense Nenad Miloradovich, in particular, the possibility of improving the air defense systems that are in the arsenal of the country was discussed. Belarus has already modernized a number of products for the needs of foreign customers - the S-125 Neva and Pechora air defense systems (export version), 2K12 Cube and Square, P-18 radar, that is, precisely those systems that the Serbian is equipped with army.
As explained by Miloradovich, Belgrade began to restore its anti-air potential after the acquisition of the Mistral air defense system from France and the Pantsir-C1 air defense system from the Russian Federation:
The "shell" has become a good basis for the long-awaited modernization of air defense.
What further steps the military will take in this direction tried to understand the publication of Tango Six. According to him, back in 2017, the former head of the military department Zoran Dordevitsa announced Minsk’s readiness to donate two air defense systems subject to payment of their overhaul and modernization or to sell the S-300.
Currently, Serbia’s 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade has two S-125M1T Neva divisions and three 2K12 Cub-M1 divisions in service. Some of them underwent modernization, but it can not be compared with the improvement options that Belarus offers. As Tango Six notes, Minsk is currently promoting two advanced modifications of the S-125 and one “Cube” / “Square”.
Hope for Belarus
The Tetrahedron company offers the S-125-2TM Pechora-2TM complex, the development of which began in December 2006. It is characterized by increased resistance to interference, greater fire accuracy (hit ratio 0,85), range (maximum 35,4 km) and altitude (25 km) of action and is able to work on targets with low ESR (0,02 sq. M) ) and with a flight speed of 900 m / s. Along with the updated air defense systems, the P-18T and P-19T radars can be used, including in the mobile version. The users of this type of air defense system are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Vietnam.
The second option is offered by the Alevkurp company. S-125-2BM Pechora-2BM (Halberd) has been developed since 2011. Its performance characteristics are also significantly superior to the Neva, but, as Tango Six notes, this type looks “slightly weaker” compared to the Pechora-2TM. "Halberd" has increased resistance to interference, greater accuracy of damage (from 0,72), range (maximum 30 km) and altitude (22 km) of action and is able to work on targets with a speed of 800 m / s. Turkmenistan became its only customer.
“Alevkurp” also promotes an improved version of “Square”, which received the prefix “MA”. The damage range is 42 km, in height - 25 km, the speed of the target - up to 1200 m / s. According to Tango Six, in terms of its performance characteristics, this system is close to the Russian Buk-M2 product. Her only buyer is Myanmar.