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Machine EW 1L262 "Mercury-BM"

In November last year, the Concern "Radioelectronic Technologies" (KRET) reported on the implementation of the state defense order for electronic warfare machines (EW) 1Л262 "Mercury-BM". Until the end of autumn, the concern built and handed over to the military 10 machines of the new model, which were soon distributed among EW units of the armed forces. A few months later, in May, 2014, in the Tambov region, an electronic warfare troops exercise took place, in which, apparently, the technique of the new model was used for the first time. In addition, during these exercises, one of the machines “Mercury-BM” first appeared not in the official photo and video materials of the manufacturer.

18 may NTV channel in the program “Today. The final issue "showed a report on the teachings of the EW troops, which demonstrated various models of equipment delivered in recent years. Among other cars, an EW Mercury-BM machine hit the frame for the first time. The newest machine, leaving behind a cloud of dust, effectively drove past the camera several times. Such a demonstration was the first time that “Mercury-BM” hit the lens of journalists and was shown to the general public not in official promotional materials. It should be noted that for some reason this report went almost unnoticed in May. About the first fact of the demonstration of new technology on television remembered only at the end of July.

From last year's KRET report, it follows that the number of Mercury-BM vehicles in the Russian armed forces is still small. It is known about the transfer of the first batch of ten cars. In addition, another prototype machine could have been transferred to the troops a year earlier, but this is not confirmed. In the future, the mass production of new technology will continue. Every year, electronic warfare troops will receive several new cars. Probably, production rates will not exceed 10-12 machines per year.

The 1L262 “Mercury-BM” complex (alternative designation SPR-2М) is a self-propelled electronic warfare system based on the MT-LBu tracked chassis. The main purpose of the electronic equipment installed on the tracked vehicle is to counter the enemy’s guided weapons, as well as ammunition equipped with radio-fuses. Mercury-BM is a further development of the Mercury-B 1L29 complex, created in the eighties. The development of both machines of the family was carried out by the Gradient Scientific Research Institute. According to the available data, the mass production of 1L262 machines is carried out by several enterprises: the base chassis MT-LBu is supplied by the Muromteplovoz factory (the city of Murom), radioelectronic equipment is manufactured at the Kvant scientific and production association (Veliky Novgorod), and the final assembly is carried out by the Kazan optical mechanical plant.

The main task of 1Л262 machines is to protect the troops from enemy artillery fire using projectiles equipped with radio fuses. During operation, the equipment of the EW machine detects the enemy ammunition, determines the carrier frequency of its radio-fuse, and then puts the interference of the appropriate frequency and high power. As a result of such exposure, the enemy’s radio fuse will either explode the ammunition at a relatively safe height, or will be shut off and the projectile will be blown up using a contact fuse. In both cases, the threats to covered troops are seriously reduced.

The electronics of the Mercury-BM complex operates in automatic mode and is capable of performing all necessary operations in automatic mode. According to reports, to interfere with the machine takes no more than a few fractions of a second. The frequency of the radio-fuse is determined to within a few hundred hertz. The determination of the carrier frequency of a radio-fuse takes no more than several tens of microseconds. Interference is emitted within a few milliseconds intermittently, making it possible to create an almost continuous signal that provides the proper effect on the radio fuse.

At the same time, the 1Л262 complex is capable of suppressing up to six radio channels with the likelihood of neutralizing a radio-fuse to 0,8. At the same time the possibility of continuous work within six hours is provided. The deployment of the complex takes no more than 10 minutes. During operation, the EW machine "Mercury-BM" can protect troops in the area from 20 to 50 ha.

The equipment of the “Mercury-BM” complex is installed on the MT-LBu tracked chassis. Most of the electronic equipment is located inside the armored hull. Outside it is a telescopic mast with a set of antennas. Thanks to the use of new equipment built on modern element base, it was possible to halve the crew of the car in comparison with the previous machine “Mercury-B”. The EW 1Л262 is serviced by two people (driver and systems operator).

According to the Radio Electronic Technologies Concern, the need of the Russian armed forces for the Mercury-BM complexes is estimated at least in 100 machines. In addition, the complex has a good potential in the international market of weapons and military equipment. At the moment, in the REB troops there are at least ten 1Л262 machines, as well as a number of older vehicles of the similar purpose, model 1Л29 "Mercury-B". In the foreseeable future, contracts should be signed for the supply of new Mercury-BM machines.

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  1. Zubr
    Zubr 30 July 2014 09: 37
    smile Well, as a signalman, I always felt special pleasure when such complexes without a shot were jammed by radar and communication by making white noises, and here we send ammunition out.
    MUSIC !!! And they call us loafers! laughing drinks
    1. AX
      AX 30 July 2014 10: 29
      I’m like a signalman ... Well, I don’t like REB ... I don’t like ... hi
      1. Vladimirets
        Vladimirets 30 July 2014 10: 46
        Quote: AX
        I’m like a signalman ... Well, I don’t like REB ... I don’t like ...

      2. e_krendel
        e_krendel 30 July 2014 17: 27
        EW twins air defense: they themselves do not fly, and others are not allowed to fly. EWs themselves don’t speak / listen, and they interfere with others laughing
      3. Bort radist
        Bort radist 30 July 2014 21: 40
        Quote: AX
        I’m like a signalman ... Well, I don’t like REB ... I don’t like ..

        The principles of work are the same, but the tasks are exactly the opposite.
        PS When do electronic warfare systems do they communicate with each other over the network, or do they wave away all the flags?
        1. Aryan
          Aryan 31 July 2014 00: 30
          if only for fun she had formatted the flash cards of journalists' cameras good
    2. Skipper2050
      Skipper2050 31 July 2014 00: 26
      The car should be good, and the picture in the article, as I understand it, is not from this series, the MT-LB is a light armored multi-purpose tractor (crawler-mounted).
  2. the47th
    the47th 30 July 2014 09: 43
    Interesting story. So the Americans did not think of jamming mobile communications in Iraq in order to exclude the remote detonation of landmines.
    1. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 31 July 2014 04: 05
      Quote: the47th
      So the Americans did not think of jamming mobile communications in Iraq in order to exclude the remote detonation of landmines.

      Thought out.

      Jammers have not yet been invented against the telephone wire wassat

      1. the47th
        the47th 1 August 2014 08: 15
        This is most likely a radio station, because a high-frequency jammer on the back of a soldier is likely to make him disabled.
        1. And Us Rat
          And Us Rat 1 August 2014 10: 04
          Quote: the47th
          This is most likely a radio station, because a high-frequency jammer on the back of a soldier is likely to make him disabled.

          No, not a radio station.
          "Thor III" - man-portable, counter-radio-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) jammer built by Sierra Nevada Corp and employed by the US Army, US Marine Corps.

          And here is the report on the contract with the army on the manufacturer’s website:


          Py.Sy. - we also produce knapsacks, and still have grenades thrown like
  3. gandalf
    gandalf 30 July 2014 09: 48
    EW is a blinder of the eyes, a stunner of ears, a muffler of the mouths of an enemy army ... soldier
  4. Bongo
    Bongo 30 July 2014 10: 06
    The 1L262 “Mercury-BM” complex (alternative designation SPR-2M) is a self-propelled electronic warfare system on tracked chassis MT-LBU.
    And in the photo in the publication, a machine based on wheel Armored personnel carrier. Either the photo does not correspond to what is being discussed, or the author cannot distinguish between wheeled and tracked vehicles?
    1. tormazok
      tormazok 30 July 2014 12: 28
      Please caterpillars
    2. SergeyM
      SergeyM 30 July 2014 18: 46
      Reminded a bearded joke. To the question of the rookie on what the walkie-talkie was assembled, on transistors or on lamps, the foreman swore -.......... I repeat, on the tank.
    3. passerby5
      passerby5 2 January 2018 10: 52
      there is no big difference on what to mount. at least on the eye, just to fit)))) they were on the basis of armored personnel carriers. Well, it is written according to the reports of the plant on which the plant mounts. so that you focus on the wrong
  5. svp67
    svp67 30 July 2014 10: 16
    The equipment of the Mercury-BM complex is installed on the MT-LBu crawler chassis.
    that is, the photo at the beginning of the article is "left" ...
    And the news, of course, is very good and extremely important, since such complexes are needed.
  6. saag
    saag 30 July 2014 10: 45
    upper limit 3 GHz?
  7. shitovmg
    shitovmg 30 July 2014 12: 28
    More technique is good and different!
  8. gregor6549
    gregor6549 30 July 2014 12: 36
    The machine looks good, but unfortunately all that can be said about it. because neither its performance characteristics, nor comparison with something similar is not ..... and well that is not. EW is too sensitive a topic to discuss it on the internet.
  9. kav669
    kav669 30 July 2014 12: 52
    Good car.Reb is the future of sun
  10. Wolka
    Wolka 30 July 2014 13: 12
    so far only separately to cover the actions of military units on the territory of 20-50 ha. but the mini EW for each instance of the tank or armored personnel carrier has not yet been heard ...
  11. lord
    lord 30 July 2014 13: 50
    can put on duty several cars on the border with ukroinu
  12. corporal
    corporal 30 July 2014 14: 51
    The need for troops is about 100 vehicles. Estimated production rate of 10 cars per year am
    Will it be enough?
  13. jj74
    jj74 30 July 2014 18: 00
    And when such things work nearby they do not interfere with each other? Or do you need to stand far?
    1. passerby5
      passerby5 2 January 2018 10: 55
      Well, telephones and walkie-talkies just do not work for 500 meters. In Chechnya, such vehicles accompanied miners. jammed radio fuses
  14. taburetka
    taburetka 30 July 2014 18: 26
    A couple of these would be sent to Novorossia, would be welcome!
  15. twins1983
    twins1983 30 July 2014 21: 28
    This "machine" is the future of our army. I wonder if amerekos have something like that?
    1. crowley
      crowley 30 July 2014 21: 53
      for any, the Americans have something similar, but we have better) because. when their destroyer hit our su 24 with the installation of the reb, they all got over there)
    2. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 31 July 2014 04: 26
      Quote: twins1983
      Interestingly, the Amerikos have something like that?

      In any modern army there is "something like that" and not for the first decade.
      Moreover, "something like that" today is an integral part of the equipment of police sappers. (roof antennas)
  16. raketnik
    raketnik 30 July 2014 21: 49
    Well, what did they show here in the video ??? I personally went through training in the 02263 treble - the XBnum 20-30-40 reb, let’s be honest there are no terms for deploying the complex, pull up the cyber mask and that's it. FURTHER EVERYONE LEADS THE PAPORA IF THEY HAVE SAVED A COMMUNICATION ANTI-COMMUNICATION FOR THEM ALL IMAGES ....-- GOAL GIVE
  17. Eugene
    Eugene 30 July 2014 22: 31
    My neighbor turned on listening to America’s voice at night. Yes, loudly like that .... You couldn’t sleep!
    1. Kasym
      Kasym 31 July 2014 03: 52
      Well done, others would get into a scandal. And the neighbor, probably, is still wondering what happened. lol
      1. Eugene
        Eugene 31 July 2014 04: 29
        It was funny to hear how he peretrahivaet ranges. And there is a solid white noise. Yes so vile! And it worked with televisions. Only with the Soviet.
  18. Behind
    Behind 31 July 2014 01: 58
    Late 80s early 90s. Urgent after temporarily abandoned MIREA. Form Once and together with warrant officers and officers for training courses. Hardware for 6 people. There are only two of us with the driver. Overlaid the standards for 6. The border with the country of NATO. Such strange sounds ... when a shell flies ... Wagner just resting
  19. MaximvsDV
    MaximvsDV 31 July 2014 18: 02
    They say that APS-145 is able to work ....
    1. Dimka off
      Dimka off 3 August 2014 21: 17
      APS-145 and AWAX have their own toys. By type of Kraukha-4
  20. leon1204id
    leon1204id 6 September 2014 19: 38
    All is well, but so far this BM Mercury is armed with the army morally and technically outdated.
  21. sims2000
    sims2000 April 19 2015 20: 48
    Not all is well. Jamming rocket altimeters. But what if the missile is guided by GPS?
  22. cdrt
    cdrt 17 July 2015 23: 32
    The question is to those who are in the subject: who and in which systems / shells now uses radar fuses?