Russia in Talks With Iran on Tor-M1 Missile System Modernization

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January 29 — Russia’s Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol is in talks with Iran on modernizing the short range Tor-M1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile defense systems, the plant’s assistant director general told Thursday.
“Iran has been operating a large number of our Tor-M1s. We [Iran and Russia] are holding talks about a possible modernization of the Tor-M1. We provide [Iran] with spare parts and train personnel. The work continues,” said Vyacheslav Kartashov, liaison for military-technical cooperation and government contracts.
According to Kartashov, Iranian experts “professionally operate” the Tor-M1 missile systems, and provide for its maintenance.
“The equipment is in an excellent combat condition. Perhaps, this is one of the factors withholding the potential aggressor,” he said.
Tor is designed to detect and engage modern high-precision weapons, including cruise missiles and guided bombs. The Tor-M1s are deployed to protect Iranian state and military facilities from air attacks.
Russia completed the delivery of 29 Tor-M1 missiles to Iran in January 2007. In September 2010, Moscow joined the UN sanctions against the country, prohibiting almost all arms trade, in response to Iran’s controversial nuclear activities.


China unveils cloned edition of Russia’s Tor M1, the HQ-17 surface-to-air missile system

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According to pictures recently issued, the Chinese edition of the Tor M1 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system has been officially unveiled. This air defense missile system, dubbed HQ-17 (Hongqi-17), is a cloned edition of the Russian Tor M1 SAM. When a designer from the Russian Kupol factory seeing the photos of HQ17, he said that this confirmed Russia’s long-term suspicion that China had cloned Tor-M1 The Tor M1 “SA-15 Gauntlet” is a 12km ranged Russian air defense missile system specifically designed to attack enemy jet fighters, helicopters, smart bombs and cruise missile. China is reported to have bought at least 25 vehicles.
Its Chinese license production is designated HQ-17 with key differences including an indigenous all terrain tracked launcher, a new Identify Friend Foe (IFF) antenna on top the search radar, electronically scanned radars for better performance against enemy jamming, and ability to datalink with other Chinese systems.
The HQ-17 is rugged enough to keep up with frontline units like tank battalions, as seen here with the 41st Group Army in Guangzhou Province, and protect them from helicopter and drone attacks.
Its vertically launched missiles allows the Tor M1/HQ-17 to simultaneously engage multiple cruise missiles like the American Tomahawk or Taiwanese HF-IIE aimed at Chinese command and control infrastructure.


Russia Unveils New-High-Precision Air Defense System

Russia Unveils New-High-Precision Air Defense System

MOSCOW, November 14 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Almaz-Antey defense corporation said Thursday that it had developed an advanced version of the Tor-M2 air defense system, featuring an extended firing range, improved precision and greater ammunition-carrying capacity.

“We can say now that a unique air defense system in its class with an astounding precision and range has been created. Its performance surpasses all planned parameters,” said Sergei Druzin, head of research and development at Almaz-Antey.

The Tor system is a low- to medium-altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system designed for intercepting aircraft, cruise missiles, precision-guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic targets.

Tor-M1 and Tor-M2U variants, armed with 9M331 missiles, are currently in service with the Russian army.

The new system, equipped with new 9M338 missiles, was successfully tested at the end of October.

“We carried out five launches targeting highly maneuverable drones. Three of the targets were hit head-on, while the other two were destroyed by shrapnel from exploding warheads. It is an excellent result, astounding precision,” Druzin said.

In addition, the smaller size of the 9M338 compared with its predecessor has allowed the carrying capacity of the launcher to be doubled, from eight to 16 missiles.

The official said the improved Tor-M2 systems and 9M338 missiles have been approved by a state commission for mass production.

“We can now start producing these missiles in quantities that would meet the demand of the Russian army,” Druzin said.

According to Druzin, the next step in the improvement of the system would be for launching missiles at acquired targets while on the move.

“The [mobile] launcher currently stops for two or three seconds to launch a missile, but it could be done on a move, without stopping,” Druzin said.