Russian-made TOR SA-15 Gauntlet air defense missile system will become fully robotized TASS 10906165

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Russian-made TOR SA-15 Gauntlet air defense missile system will become fully robotized.
Russia’s Tor (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile system will become fully robotized and be able to destroy targets autonomously, Deputy CEO and Air Defense Missile System Chief Designer at the Kupol Electromechanical Factory Iosif Drize told TASS.
     
     
As the deputy CEO said, the Tor air defense missile system can work autonomously today but an operator is required in heavy jamming conditions.

The TOR-M1 9A331-1 (NATO code : SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile system is a mobile, integrated air defense system designed and manufacrured by the The Russian Defence Industry. The TOR-M1 features a turret with a top mounted target acquisition radar, and frontal tracking radar, with 8 ready to fire 9M330 or 9M331 missiles stored vertically between the two radars.

With a weight of 167 kg, the 9M330 missile is 3.5 m long, carries a 15 kg warhead and has a peak speed of around Mach 2.8. Missiles can also be fired against surface targets. Each missile is a sealed round, stored in two groups of four. Engagement range is up to 12 km with minimum range varying between 100–2000 m, depending upon version and an effective altitude of 10–6000 m.

"There are plans to increase the capabilities of the artificial intelligence so that the system can accomplish combat missions without an operator," Drize said.

As the deputy CEO said, the enterprise is currently working on the Tor air defense missile system to boost its capabilities for destroying cruise missiles based on the stealth technology.

"We are working on the system to make it able to reliably detect and destroy targets with low signature," he added.

The Almaz-Antey Corporation said earlier that it had started working on an Arctic version of the Tor surface-to-air missile system.

Moreover, the corporation may develop a shipborne version of the Tor air defense missile system. According to the Almaz-Antey Corporation, the first shipborne Tor air defense missile systems can be manufactured in 2018-2019.
     
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