Tor-M2DT anti-aircraft missiles tested at Novaya Zemlya in July 2019. Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense

New Arctic anti-aircraft missiles tested at Novaya Zemlya

The first two vehicles with the new Tor-M2DT missiles have arrived and been tested.
July 18, 2019

First time unveiled at the Victory Day Parade on the Red Square in Moscow in 2017, the white-painted vehicles with the anti-aircraft missiles are especially designed to be used in Russian Arctic regions.

This week, two of the Tor-M2DT vehicles were brought to the southern shores of Novaya Zemlya on board the Northern Fleet’s amphibious ship “Kondapoga” sailing from the Kola Peninsula, the navy’s press service in Severomorsk reports.

Shootings were carried out targeting drones flying at different altitudes, both within sight and while hidden over clouds.

 

The Tor-M2DT missile system is capable of detecting up to 40 moving aerial targets at a range of 15 kilometres and altitudes of 12,000 meters. The system plays a vital role in Russia’s re-armament of the Arctic, including protection of new bases at Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya, the New Siberian Islands and Wrangle Island. All islands and archipelagos are along the Northern Sea Route.

The all-terrain system consists of two wagons; the first is the track- and steering while the second consists of radar and the missiles launchers. Said to work under complicated Arctic weather conditions, the missiles are to function in temperatures as low as minus 50 Celsius.

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