New Russian air defence system


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June 26, 2015 — Russia’s next generation manportable air defence system (MANPADS) can engage aircraft, drones and cruise missiles head-on in a frontal attack. Most western MANPADS operate only in pursuit of a target.

Russian defence company KBM unveiled its new-generation 9K333 Verba (Willow) manportable air defence system (MANPADS) during the Army-2015 international forum at Kubinka air base outside Moscow.
KBM designer general Valeriy Kashin said during the event that the system is already in serial production for the Russian Armed Forces, with several ground forces and airborne brigades receiving Verbas since 2014.
IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reports that the system’s 9M336 missiles is the only one of its kind with a three-channel optical seeker, which operates in the ultraviolet, near-infrared, and mid-infrared wavelengths.
Comparing it to other MANPADS, Kashin said it is the most capable ever developed. “Verba has a fire range of 6km and the range of target acquisition is increased by two-and-a-half times. He described the system as “fully digital” and said that, while it can be used autonomously, it becomes significantly more effective if integrated with a fire control system. 

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