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Army 2018: Almaz-Antey and Kupol unveil air-defence target system

22 August 2018
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The fixed-wing aircraft target types, with the jet-engine variant in the foreground. Source: Jayesh Dhingra

Almaz-Antey and Kupol JSC have unveiled a multipurpose air-defence target training system at the Army International Military-Technical Forum being held in Kubinka near Moscow from 21 to 26 August.

The 9F6021E Versatile Training Target System (VTTS) consists of four target types: missile air target propelled by a turbojet engine; fixed-wing propeller aircraft target; fixed-wing aircraft with a small jet engine; and a rotary-wing air target. These are operated by a mobile ground control post (GCP) that can control up to six targets simultaneously.

Each target type weighs less than 50 kg with enough fuel capacity for a 30-minute flight time for the missile and turbojet aircraft target. The flight duration increases to four hours for the propeller aircraft target.

The target types have a minimum flight altitude of 100 m and a maximum of 3,000–4,000 m, while the rotary-wing target can hover up to 100 m. The GCP communicates with the targets through a radio frequency channel.

“The system has been designed to create a complex air environment for training of the combat crew operating short- and medium-range air-defence systems,” a Kupol official told Jane’s . “The system can also be used to check air-defence systems’ readiness and adjustments.”

The system readiness time is a maximum two hours (including preparation and deployment of all target types) but this can be reduced in case the number of targets is reduced. “This is unique system that combines all types of target in one operational scenario and also has a remote display that can be deployed at any location within 20 minutes, up to 5 km distance,” the official added.

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