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New RZV-MD rocket at MAKS-2013

Among the new products presented by the domestic defense industry at the international aerospace show MAKS-2013, there was a new anti-aircraft missile. According to the Vestnik of Air Defense, the Tactical Missile Weapons Corporation has placed a new ammunition at its stand, designed to protect ground targets and troops on the march from air strikes.

The presented development is called RZV-MD, which stands for “short-range ground-to-air missile”. The project was created in one of the enterprises that are part of the Tactical Missile Armament, namely in the Vympel GosMKB. I.I. Toropov. From the data provided by the developer, it follows that the new anti-aircraft missile is intended for air defense systems of the ground forces. It can attack aerodynamic targets of various classes and types, as well as protect troops or objects both on the march and in all types of combat. In addition, the declared performance of the rocket in any weather conditions and with active opposition from the enemy.

The RZV-MD rocket together with the transport and launch container weighs 163 kg. The total length of the 2,94 container meters, diameter - 0,24 m. Based on the size of the exhibit presented at MAKS-2013, you can make the assumption that the exhibition showed a full-size model, the dimensions of which correspond to the finished product. According to official data, the new rocket can accelerate to a speed of about 1000 meters per second and hit targets at a distance of up to 16 kilometers. The maximum interception height is more than 10 thousand meters. The anti-aircraft missile RZV-MD is equipped with a radio command and control system, which allows it to perform all the tasks assigned without significantly complicating the rocket systems and, as a result, without increasing its cost. To hit targets, the missile is equipped with a high-explosive fragmentation warhead.

New development of GosMKB "Vympel" itself is of great interest. However, attention is another side of the project. On the presented model of the rocket, a noticeable inscription is clearly visible: the index 9М338К-0000-0. This fact was the reason for the appearance of the corresponding assumption. Probably, the munition presented by Tactical Missile Weapons is a further development of anti-aircraft guided missiles for the Tor family complexes. Previously, information about the work to expand the range of ammunition for these air defense missile systems has repeatedly appeared, and now, probably, the developers are ready to show the public the first results of their new project.

The appearance of the model of the new missile RZV-MD or 9М338К is more than interesting news. The "Bulletin of Air Defense" blog notes that the demonstration of this development was a surprise not only for specialists and the public, but also for representatives of Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant "Kupol", which is currently building Thor anti-aircraft missile systems. Nevertheless, there is reason to believe that the RZV-MD project is not only completed, but also has passed the test phase. At the beginning of last year, an article from Vympel’s own newspaper appeared on the Internet’s specialized resources, stating that in 2008 the company completed preliminary comprehensive tests of the 9М338К missile and manufactured a relatively large number of new ammunition.

Details of the technical side of the RZV-MD project are not yet available. Nevertheless, some conclusions can be drawn from the available data. So, for example, unlike other Thor missiles, the new 9М338К does not have any wings or rudders in the bow. All planes are transferred to the tail. In this case, as can be seen in the existing photographs, on the surface of the tail part of the rocket body there are four fixed planes and four rudders of approximately the same size, rotating around their axis. You can also notice that in the tail section of the rocket there are also nozzles of the declination system, which directs the ammunition when launched towards the target. A different arrangement and dimensions of the planes or nozzles may indicate that the layout of the units in the body of the RZV-MD missile differs significantly from the placement of systems and units in previous missiles of the Tor family.

The further fate of the project RZV-MD still raises questions. The lack of accurate information about the project stage or its technical aspects does not allow conclusions to be drawn. Nevertheless, it is already suggested that the Thor anti-aircraft complexes of the latest models with 9М338К missiles may have to compete with another system of a similar purpose - the Pantsir-С1 anti-aircraft missile and artillery complex. The missile part of the latter has slightly higher characteristics of the range and height of interception of targets as compared with RZV-MD. However, it is likely that the two complexes will complement each other in the future, performing different tasks related to covering objects or troops from air attacks.

New RZV-MD rocket at MAKS-2013

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  1. tronin.maxim
    tronin.maxim 3 September 2013 08: 38
    It is interesting! Comrades, can anyone translate 1000m / s into max, how many maxes will there be?
    1. Nitup
      Nitup 3 September 2013 08: 51
      1000 m / s is about 3 max
    2. sir.jonn
      sir.jonn 3 September 2013 08: 57
      the speed of sound in the atmosphere is about 331 m / s, which means 1000 m / s = 3 maham
    3. rubin6286
      rubin6286 4 November 2013 20: 33
      In the army it is considered to be 1 Mach - 340m / sec. or about 1200 km / h.
  2. Kovrovsky
    Kovrovsky 3 September 2013 08: 39
    I did not understand the first picture for the article with the MiG-29. Just for beauty, the author inserted? what
  3. PavelOPG
    PavelOPG 3 September 2013 08: 39
    Hana Apachem
  4. denson06
    denson06 3 September 2013 09: 30
    An interesting device ... in fact, they can block directions quickly and, possibly, shoot down Tamaghawks .. if someone has compared it with a Shell .. Although these are different things .. "Shell" is a whole complex .. Who will be carry out target designation? How is the interaction organized in the system? Or just - saw - shot?
    1. Airman
      Airman 3 September 2013 17: 09
      Quote: denson06
      An interesting device ... in fact, they can block directions quickly and, possibly, shoot down Tamaghawks .. if someone has compared it with a Shell .. Although these are different things .. "Shell" is a whole complex .. Who will be carry out target designation? How is the interaction organized in the system? Or just - saw - shot?

      This missile goes to the TOP complex, as I understand it. But an increase in both range and altitude by 4 km is not enough. At an altitude of 10 km it’s enough, but at a distance of at least 20 km.
      1. rubin6286
        rubin6286 4 November 2013 20: 36
        I agree with you on this, but what do you think of the radio command control system? One graphite shell over the battlefield and the radar can be forgotten.
  5. Kostyanich
    Kostyanich 3 September 2013 09: 32
    comfortable rocket in size
    if you shove it into a regular sea container and even put a homing head
    and then place along the borders of Syria
    then khan to all low-flying invisibles laughing
    1. mark1
      mark1 3 September 2013 09: 49
      Somewhere around 9M100, it’s just with the IR head, information on it is at least either coming into service, or not yet ...
    2. Airman
      Airman 3 September 2013 17: 19
      Quote: kostyanich
      comfortable rocket in size
      if you shove it into a regular sea container and even put a homing head
      and then place along the borders of Syria
      then khan to all low-flying invisibles laughing

      A missile itself does not fly without a control complex, so if you put at least 100 missiles in a container, they will not take off, especially since this missile has radio command guidance, that is, it cannot do without a missile guidance station.
    3. AVV
      AVV 4 September 2013 00: 44
      It has not yet been put into production! And Makhov would be nice to add! But this is probably not the final version ???
      1. cdrt
        cdrt 5 September 2013 03: 10
        This is not the final version, but what Vympel managed to soak in 20 years.
        Initially, 9m338k was promised with an IR head, as At 16-18 km, radio command guidance gives a sharply increasing deviation (according to the calculations of the pennants themselves, P drops by 0,25), which is unacceptable.
        They tormented, tormented, already managed to make Tor-M2, but there are still no racket. Well ... let them go to the show. And from when the IR GOS will be - it is completely unclear. Yes, and promised a range of 20 km, a bit more height.
        Somehow it reminds of the appearance of "MiG-35" - they took and renamed the imperfection into a new car.
        All this is sad. The hope remains that the developers of the original Torov missiles will be able to bring to mind. Well, or that Pennant will make efforts on himself and will do what he once lobbied for.
        1. Civil
          Civil 18 September 2013 13: 31
          So there are no technologies appropriate
  6. VohaAhov
    VohaAhov 3 September 2013 09: 48
    And it seems to me that this missile is the missing element of the Polyment-Redut complex. There is a 9M96E missile with a launch range of 40-50 km, there is a 9M96E2 missile with a launch range of 135 km, and now there is an RZV-MD missile with a launch range of 16 km. Instead of one 9M96E missile, 4 RZV-MD missiles can be installed. At MAKS, the S-350E Vityaz air defense system was shown with a launch range of up to 60 km. Maybe these are the links of the same chain? More questions than answers. Moreover, the short-range missile for the Polyment-Reduta, according to open sources, had an index of 9M100. Wait and see. And so the rocket is not bad.
    1. mark1
      mark1 3 September 2013 15: 56
      No, the missing element of the "Polymenta-Redut" is a 9M100 missile with an IR seeker, but here, if viewed in a naval key, a missile for the modernized "Dagger" (analogue of the ground-based air defense missile system "Tor")
  7. Cormorants
    Cormorants 3 September 2013 10: 37
    Very interesting. Let the guys have more new developments, good luck to the enterprise and designers, all for the good of Russia.
  8. washi
    washi 3 September 2013 12: 23
    Defense should be COMPREHENSIVE. Any means of defeat will find a place (with smart, non-bribery command).
  9. Rash
    Rash 3 September 2013 12: 55
    Shell rockets also declared 1000m / s, but more than 400m / s were not tested.
    1. Tektor
      Tektor 3 September 2013 14: 59
      Here we are talking about the speed of the rocket itself: the Shell has more than 2000 m / s. The shell must shoot down targets with speeds of up to 1000 m / s. This missile, RVZ MD, most likely, is designed for a maximum target speed of up to 700 m / s.
      1. Windbreak
        Windbreak 3 September 2013 16: 47
        The maximum speed of the rocket at the Shell is 1300 m / s
    2. cdrt
      cdrt 5 September 2013 03: 13
      There The same problem - in large partitions with radio command guidance, problems with the probability of being hit begin. Well, (I don’t know if this is a problem or the propaganda of competitors), the acceleration is only the first seconds, the speed is constantly falling in flight, which adds problems with hovering, as I understand it
  10. barbiturate
    barbiturate 3 September 2013 19: 36
    it is not yet clear what kind of rocket and part of which complex it is. Maybe this is a rocket for MANPADS?))) They will take away the rolls, one on their backs 163kg, turned towards the target, bent down and start!) And next to them, a bespectacled man from a scientific company directs on the radio "To the left, even to the left, your mother! ...") )
    1. rubin6286
      rubin6286 4 November 2013 20: 41
      Well, no, the roll will make the bespectacled man drag everything on himself, and he himself will go alongside and inspire him for the feat.
  11. sergey158-29
    sergey158-29 3 September 2013 22: 44
    QUOTE: The Vestnik PVO blog notes that the demonstration of this development came as a surprise to representatives of the Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol, which is currently building Tor anti-aircraft missile systems ...

    There is a rocket, it remains to figure out for which complex it is most suitable ... lol
  12. Ruslan
    Ruslan 8 September 2013 10: 08
    I'm glad that military science lives in Russia. but already tired of this chaos and mess in the production of weapons. these independent developments, because something needs to be done. each to his own steam engine. made a rocket: where, why, to whom, for what? if the shell of a rocket is better, why do you need to fence the garden, spray resources and money for this rocket? also with aviation, air defense, armored vehicles, marine equipment. when the notorious single plan, unification and standardization already appears. it would be better to spend time and money on improving existing missiles.