Air Platforms

Russian MoD speeds up acquisition of Tor SAM systems

25 September 2019

A Tor-M2DT short-range surface-to-air missile system with sand camouflage at the MAKS 2019. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a long-term contract on 19 September with Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol, a subsidiary of the Almaz-Antey concern, for the acquisition of Tor-M2 (9K332) and Tor-M2DT (9K331MDT) short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems.

The document was signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said the value of the contract is approximately RUB100 billion (USD1.53 billion) and that the systems ordered will be delivered in 2019-27.

The Tor-M2 all-weather tactical SAM system is armed with 16 9M338K single-stage solid-fuel missiles with an increased target engagement envelope and accuracy and reduced weight and dimensions compared with the earlier 9M331 missile. As a result the system can engage aerial targets flying at a maximum range of 16 km, a speed of up to 1,000 m/s, and an altitude of 10,000 m.

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