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Belarus to present new medium-range air defense missile system Buk-MB3K at MILEX 2019

Society 15.04.2019 | 19:43
Image courtesy of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus
Image courtesy of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus

MINSK, 15 April (BelTA) – The new air defense missile system Buk-MB3K will be showcased as part of the Belarusian exposition during the international defense technology expo MILEX 2019, BelTA learned from the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus.

The Buk-MB3K system will be showcased outside Minsk Arena. The system was created by the Belarusian enterprise NPOOO OKB TSP. The Belarusian system's reconnaissance, firepower, and maneuvering parameters are on par with modern competing medium-range air defense missile systems while the value for money ratio is rather attractive for a number of countries, which do not produce such weapon systems.

High reliability and improved performance are the main traits of the new air defense missile system. The Buk-MB3K system can detect and intercept all types of maneuvering aerodynamic targets ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles to cruise missiles. The Buk-MB3K system can equally effectively operate against active counter fire and radio warfare interference.

The Belarusian enterprise has implemented new technical solutions, which make the system equal to the state-of-the-art medium-range air defense missile systems, which keep up with the air space warfare development trends.

MILEX 2019's outdoor area will also showcase a self-propelled firing unit and a loading unit of the Buk-MB3K system. The self-propelled firing unit is fitted with a newly developed S-range solid-state radiolocation station with a phased antenna array. This feature has increased the detection range for targets of the fighter type up to 130km and increased the number of target handling channels during firing. Apart from that, the radar can stay on target against intensive electronic countermeasures. Special methods and algorithms for signal processing have improved the precision of target fixation and target class detection using the acoustic portrait by 50-100%. The local area network not only keeps all the systems running in a reliable fashion but also provides automatic diagnostics of the equipment.

All the combat components are fitted with new automated workstations featuring LCD displays and digital indicators. These features make the work of the personnel much more convenient. They allow organizing personnel training and objective oversight.

The system also includes modern solutions for digital communications and data sharing, which enable reliable communication between components of the air defense missile system and its interconnection with the automated control system and radars. A proprietary solution allows positioning combat units using GPS and GLONASS data as well as in an autonomous mode.

The Belarusian automobile engineering company MZKT has come up with a four-axle chassis MZKT-69225 for the Buk-MB3K system. It can carry up to 17,300kg and has a more powerful engine. As a result, the air defense missile system can travel as fast as 60kmph. Developed by NPOOO OKB TSP, the onboard digital information and control system is designed to control all the components, diagnose malfunctions, and feed data to connected troops and weapon control systems. If malfunctions occur, the system can inform the operator about it in voice mode. On the whole, the new wheeled chassis has improved Buk-MB3K's maneuverability and performance parameters while reducing the cost of maintenance and repairs.

The 9th international defense technology expo MILEX will take place in Minsk on 15-18 May. The exposition will be located in Minsk Arena and the surrounding outdoor area. It will be built around brand new or promising samples of weapon systems, military hardware, special hardware, which are in demand on the global market and demonstrate capabilities of the Belarusian defense industry. The expo's solemn opening ceremony will take place at the historical and cultural complex Stalin's Line on 15 May. The 8th international scientific conference on military technology problems, defense, security, and dual-use technologies will take place as part of MILEX 2019.

MILEX is one of the most promising and significant expos in Belarus. In terms of its scope, the composition and the level of participants, the availability of exhibition infrastructure it is believed to be one of the largest expos in Eastern Europe. The organizers are the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus, the Belarusian Defense Ministry, and the national expo center BelExpo.

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