A new anti-aircraft missile brigade will be formed in the Southern Military District, the decision has already been made. Reported by "News" with reference to a source in the Ministry of Defense.
The formed anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Ground Forces will become part of one of the three combined-arms armies of the Southern Military District. The brigade will be armed with Buk-M2 and Buk-M3 anti-aircraft systems.
As explained, at present, the Russian military industry no longer produces previous versions of the Buk air defense system; only Buk-M3 systems are supplied to the troops. However, the pace of production does not allow in a short time to re-equip anti-aircraft units with the latest version of the air defense system, therefore, part of the Buk-M2 air defense system remains in service. As new equipment arrives, the brigade will be fully re-equipped with the Buk-M3 air defense system.
According to the plan of the military department, the new brigade will become a mobile reserve capable, if necessary, of covering the most dangerous areas, including Crimea. In addition, the transfer of the brigade to the western direction in case of emergency is not excluded.
SAM "Buk-M3" - a complex of military air defense of the fourth generation of medium range. Designed to combat maneuvering aerodynamic targets, firing radio-contrast ground targets and defeat surface targets in conditions of intense both fire and electronic countermeasures. On each self-propelled firing installation, instead of four, as on the Buk-M2 version, 6 anti-aircraft missiles are placed in special launch containers. The new high-speed rocket 9M317M received a homing head. It is capable of intercepting high-speed aerial targets in pursuit of at a distance of 30 km or shooting “over the horizon”. This allows you to aim it at the target with the help of early warning radars (AWACS), fighters or any other airborne reconnaissance aircraft up to unmanned aerial vehicles. The complex is capable of simultaneously firing at 36 targets flying at speeds up to 3 km per second at ranges from 2,5 to 70 km. The probability of defeat is not less than 0,95 – 0,97.