According to the defence sources, Russia is very keen on showcasing export version of Kalibr cruise missiles and also the Viking surface-to-air missile system at the DefExpo-2020 arms show. Viking surface-to-air missile system is designed, developed and manufactured by the Russian Defense Company Almaz-Antey. The Viking is the export version of Russia’s Buk-M3 anti-aircraft missile system and is the latest multi-missile medium-range air defence missile system (ADMS). The point to note is that this system will be presented for the first time in India at DefExpo 2020.
Viking is the next generation the Buk air defence missile system line. In comparison with Buk-M2E, its range of fire has increased nearly by 1.5 times – up to 65 kilometers. Besides, the number of simultaneously engaged targets has also increased by 1.5 times, and the number of ready-for-launch air defence guided missiles in one firing position made of two combat units has grown up from 8 to 18.
The Buk-M3 system boasts a new digital computer, high-speed data exchange system and a tele-thermal imaging target designator instead of the tele-optical trackers used in previous models. A battery of Buk-M3 missiles can track and engage up to 36 targets simultaneously. Its advanced 9R31M missile is capable of knocking down all existing flying objects, including highly maneuverable ones, even during active electronic jamming.
The Buk-M3 Viking uses the new 9R31M missile radar-guided surface-to-air missile (SAM) with increased range and enhanced overall performance. The Buk-M3 is able to destroy any types of air targets from a range of 2.5 to 70 km at an altitude from 15 m to 35 km. The 9R31M missile is able to reliably target all existing missiles and aircraft within its range including highly maneuverable platforms such as the F-22 Raptor and F-15 Eagle - with highly sophisticated countermeasures to prevent electronic jamming.
Coming to the Kalibr cruise missiles, models of missiles from the Club-S and Club-N integrated missile systems which is the export version of the Kalibr missile launcher will also be displayed.
From Club-S, the 3M-54E, 3M-54E1 and M-14E missiles would be displayed. 3M-54E and 3M-54E1 are the submarine launched anti-shipping variant. 3M-54E missile's basic length is 8.2 m with a 200 kg warhead and its range is 220 km and 3M-54E1 missile's basic length is 6.2 m with a 200 kg warhead and its range is 300 km (190 mi).
The 3M-14T Kalibr-NK is a land-attack cruise missile with a range between 1,500 – 2,500 km. In 2015, Russia launched Kalibr missiles from ships in the Caspian Sea at ISIS targets inside Syria. It is capable of carrying a 450 kg conventional warhead. The missile is believed to fly 64 ft above the sea and 164 ft above the ground at speeds up to 965 km/hour. It uses GPS and terminal-phase active radar seekers to achieve a reported three meters radius accuracy.
The other weapon which will be displayed is AU-220M combat module. The fire module has upgraded combat characteristics. It is designed to fight ground and air targets. AU-220M has enhanced fire accuracy, higher penetrating capabilities and over-obstacle 57mm shells. The module can be remotely controlled by the crew from outside the vehicle. AU-220M is compatible with existing armor and is installed on BMP-3, BMPT and prospective platforms Armata, Kurganets-25, Bumerang, as well as on small displacement ships.
The Russian defense manufacturer will also feature airspace control radars, S-400 missile system, S-300VM missile system, ‘Antey-2500’ anti-aircraft missile systems, Tor missile system variants which include M2E, M2K and M2KM air defense missile complexes and other armament in the form of mock-ups, models, presentations and booklets