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Threat Monitor

BUK-M3 MAKES DEBUT AT RUSSIAN EXHIBITION
By Doug Richardson

The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2016

60

Russia's Army-2016 exhibition, held at the Patriot Expocenter near Moscow on September 6-11, allowed specially-selected visitors to inspect Almaz-Antey's new Buk-M3
mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The weapon
was displayed in a restricted area of the exhibition to which
many visitors (including journalists) had no access.
Like earlier Buk-series systems, the Buk-M3 consists of a
command vehicle, a target-acquisition radar vehicle, and a
number of transporter/erector/launcher and radar (TELAR)
vehicles. There is also a radarless 9A316M Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) armed with 12 missiles, and a 9T243M
support vehicle.
In 2008, Almaz-Antey reported that it was working with
a new 9S18M1-3 version of the system's centimetric band
3-D target acquisition radar (NATO reporting name "Snow
Drift") that had been developed for the Buk-M3
Each Buk-M3 TELAR is armed with six 9M317M missiles.
These are stored in cylindrical launch canisters mounted
in two ranks of three. The 9M317M missile is 5.180 m long,
360 mm in diameter, and weighs 581 kg at launch. Earlier
missiles used by the Buk system had cruciform wings, but
in the 9M317M, these are little more than vestigial fixed
surfaces located near the rear of the airframe in a location
just ahead of the cruciform tail surfaces.

The Buk-M3 TELAR was kept well away from prying Western
eyes at the Army-2016 exhibition, but this artwork shows its
basic configuration. (Tikhomirov Scientific Research Institute of
Instrument Design)

The latter are folded to allow the missile to be loaded
into its transporting/launching container, forming a sealed
munition compatible with both the Buk-M3 TELAR and the
vertical launcher of the M-22 Uragan (export designation
Shtil) missile system fitted to Sovremenniy Class (Project
956) destroyers. For the naval
application, the missile is coldlaunched from the ship's vertical
launcher, then uses four gas control vanes to turn to the direction of the target.
First announced in 2004,
the 9M317M missile was originally promoted as an upgrade
for the Shtil system. According
to Almaz-Antey, no customer
interest had been expressed for
a land-based variant, and the
company did not have the money
needed to pursue this as a private venture.
As might be expected, the
guidance system combines midcourse inertial navigation and
semi-active radar terminal homing. A new solid-propellant rocket motor has a more energetic
filling than that used in earlier
Buk missiles, and gives a maximum speed of Mach 4.5 (1,550 m/
sec), a significant improvement
over the Mach 3.0 (1,230 m/sec)
of the older 9M317 missile.
The warhead weighs 62 kg,
and is initiated by a radar fuze
with both active and semi-active
operating modes. There is also
an impact fuze.
An 9M317A missile equipped
with an active radar homing
seeker was reported in 2008 as
being ready for state trials. Preliminary trials of this missile
had involved what was described The new 9M317M missile
was originally promoted
as the Buk-M1-2A system.
as an upgrade for the Shtil
The original Buk-M1 sys- system. This model shows
tem used the 9A310M1 TELAR, the rear-mounted thrustwhose turret contained a nose- vectoring system needed
for the naval role.
mounted radome housing the (Miroslav Gyürösi)



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
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From the President
The Monitor
World Report
US Helicopter EW Programs
53rd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
Conference Report
Threat Monitor
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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