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Also Known As: Improved Tor-M2 and Tor-M2M
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Description: The Almaz-Antey Concern improved Tor-M2 (Tor-M2KM or Tor-M2M ???) is a low-to-medium altitude, short-range air defense system featuring increased precision against small and highly maneuverable targets such as cruise missiles and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The improved Tor-M2/Tor-M2KM is equipped with 16 9M338 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) which feature extended range and higher accuracy compared with its predecessor the 9M331 missile. The Tor-M1 and Tor-M2 air defense systems each carried only eight 9M331 missiles. Therefore the 9M338 is smaller in size but at the same time delivers a greater range. The improved Tor-M2 is intended to intercept aircraft, cruise missiles, precision-guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic targets. Current Tor systems need to stop for two-to-three seconds in order to launch a 9M331 missile. The new missile system could acquire and fire to a target while on the move. This new missile system was successfully tested at the end of October 2013. The Russian Army could field the improved Tor-M2/Tor-M2KM in 2014 or 2015.
The Tor-M2KM short-range air defense system can be mounted on a variety of platforms such as wheeled or tracked chassis as well as rooftops and railway cars. This air defense system can simultaneously detect 48 targets, track up to ten targets and engage four of them at the same time.
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