Russian armed forces showcased the newly developed Tor-M2DT short-range air defense missile systems and Pantsir-SA surface-to-air missile system for the first time in a public event during Russia’s Victory Day parade today.
Designed to operate in the Arctic, Tor-M2DT and Pantsir-SA were mounted on Vityaz articulated tracked vehicles, which proved to be highly successful in getting the systems over Arctic-style hummocky ground during trials, Sputnik reports.
The Russian army's Land Forces Commander-in-Chief Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov earlier said the new anti-aircraft systems were capable of fulfilling the tasks of ensuring Russia's security in the difficult climatic conditions of the Arctic, with complete absence of roads and remoteness from the bases.
The Tor-M2DT system was developed using the Tor-M2 missile launcher station specially for Russia's Arctic military group, and is able to defend airspace from enemy air attacks within a radius of at least 15 kilometers (9 miles).
The parade will also see Russian Knights’ aerobatic skills with the brand-new Su-30SM jets. Russian S-400 air defense systems and surface-to-air missile launchers Pantsir-S1 are also part of the parade.