Russia is transforming the organizational structure of the Arctic forces, implementing large-scale infrastructure projects and designing new weapons and materials adapted to the Arctic climate. The Almaz-Antey company designed the arctic option of the Tor-M2 anti-aircraft gun – Tor-M2DT, writes the Military-Industrial Courier.
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Tor-M2DT air defense system in arctic camouflage (Image source: Army Recognition)
Tor-M2DT is produced by Kupol Electromechanical Plant in Izhevsk (IEMZ) of Almaz-Antey. Missile weaponry provides effective air defense for army units, strategic military, government and infrastructure objects in extreme climates. Tor-M2DT is intended to destroy precision weapons, including guided, cruise and anti-radar missiles, intelligent and hovering air bombs, airplanes, helicopters and drones. It destroys them within range regardless of the time of day, weather and disturbances under conditions of radio, optical, electronic and intensive fire impact.
Tor’s arctic option was first featured in 2017 when Tor-M2DT participated in the V-Day Parade in Red Square. Eighteen months later, the Ministry of Defense received the first twelve launchers on a two-section DT-30PM tracked landing gear. They were delivered to the Northern Fleet. Two months later, the operators of the Fleet Motorized Rifle Brigade began training in the Yeisk Air Defense Center and practiced live fire at a firing range in the Astrakhan region. In July 2019, Tor-M2DT fired for the first time in the Arctic in the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago.
The Arctic Tor uses cold-resistant fuel and lubricants that allow it to operate at minus 50 degrees centigrade. The two-part float DT-30PM Transporter is the only all-terrain vehicle in the world that can drive the arctic, traverse cracks and dangerous ice blocks, and forge water hazards.
The cannon can fire simultaneously at four air targets attacking from different directions. His computer classifies the targets, estimates the minimum flight time and the level of danger. The Tor-M2DT operator decides to open fire according to the information provided. The 9M338 anti-aircraft guided missile independently calculates the explosion time to ensure the destruction of the target with fragmentation.
Tor-M2DT can be used both manually and automatically. In the latter case, it controls the airspace and independently decides to destroy a target that has not been identified by the friend-enemy system.
The DT-30PM tracked transporter has two sections: the first contains a survival module for the crew and the rear part accommodates the controls, antennas and launchers. The producer created optimal conditions for the crew to operate even in abnormal arctic cold. The combat and technical potential of the DT-30PM was demonstrated during a march from Tiksi to Kotelny Island along the ice floes, cracks and open waters of the Arctic Ocean.
Tor-M2DT inflatable decoy model on display at the Army-2018 Defense Forum near Kubinka (Image source: Army Recognition)
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