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Russia deploys in Ukraine Buk-M3 its latest generation of air defense missile system

According to a video published on Telegram on April 30, 2022, the armed forces of Russia have deployed its latest generation of mobile air defense missile system in Ukraine, called BUK-M3.
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Russian army Buk-M3 mobile air defense missile system in Ukraine. (Picture source Screen Shot Video published on Telegram)

Citing the latest combat situations released by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, on May 1, 2022, in the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, groups of Russian soldiers are conducting active operations along the entire section of the line of contact. Russian soldiers are trying to carry out airstrikes and artillery fire on the positions of Ukrainian positions.

In order to cover the advancing air forces in four designated areas, Russian forces deployed two anti-aircraft missile divisions armed with Buk-M2 NATO designation SA-17 Grizzly and Tor-M1 NATO designation SA-15 Gauntlet.

With the publication of this video, the Russian forces show to further strengthen their willingness to strengthen their anti-aircraft defenses with the use of the Buk-M3 which is the latest generation of mobile air defense system in the BUK family.

The Buk-M3 also nicknamed Viking, medium-range surface-to-air missile system is a modernized version of the Buk-M2 system, features advanced electronic components and a deadly new missile, and could be regarded as a completely new system.

The Buk-M3 system boasts a new digital computer, high-speed data exchange system and a tele-thermal imaging target designator instead of the tele-optical trackers used in previous models. A battery of Buk-M3 missiles can track and engage up to 36 targets simultaneously, while its advanced 9R31M missile is capable of knocking down all existing flying objects, including highly maneuverable ones, even during active electronic jamming.

The Buk-3M’s target-destruction probability has reached 0.9999 and its maximum destruction range has been increased by 25 kilometers and now stands at 70 kilometers. The Buk-M3 is able to destroy any type of air target from a range of 2.5 to 70 km, with a speed of 3,000 m/s at an altitude from 15 m to 35 km. The Buk-M3 missile has been optimized for the interception of low-flying cruise missiles but can also engage ground and sea targets

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