Army prepares to test upgraded BUK missile system 14:58, 11/10/2005
The General Staff of the Belarusian Armed Forces has set up a team to prepare for tests of an upgraded BUK-MB medium-range surface-to-air missile system. The preparations are to be completed before October 12.
Agat, a Belarusian arms developer, showed some elements of the modernized system at the MILEX-2005 defense industry show held in Minsk from May 17 to 20.
The Buk (NATO: SA-11 Gadfly) is a medium-altitude, medium-range system designed to engage maneuverable aircraft such as jets, helicopters and cruise missiles. Agat changes 80 percent of the command vehicle and the self-propelled transporter erector launcher, and 20 percent of the reload vehicle. The tracked chassis of the vehicles underwent complete overhaul.
According to Agat, the Buk-MB is capable of tracking simultaneously 255 targets. The scanning range increased from 80 to 95 kilometers. The fire range was also extended. Agat engineers say that the Buk-MB can be used against surface targets, including aircraft at airfields and vessels at a range of up to 25 kilometers, unlike its predecessor that was capable of engaging air targets only.