Military Capabilities

Belarus weighs acquiring Russian air defence systems

17 May 2019

Belarus is considering acquiring Russian-made air defence systems, including Pantsir-S self-propelled hybrid gun/missile air-defence systems and the Tor-M2 self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the head of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev told Russian state media at the HeliRussia-2019 exhibition on 17 May.

“Russian-made air defense systems Pantsyr and Tor complexes of various modifications and, undoubtedly, Mi-35 and Mi-17 helicopters are in demand in Belarus.” Mikheyev said. “The Ansat helicopter also evokes big interest considering its characteristics and its price. This also refers to the Ka-226 helicopter and small arms.”

The Pantsir-S gun/SAM system was designed for the strategic defence of high-value targets.

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