Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea
Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea

Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea


Air defense unit of the Russian Black Sea Fleet conducts drills in Crimea, according to Russian Ministry of Defence. The military used Osa and Strela-10 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as Igla portable air defense systems. Shooting was carried out on targets that mimic the means of air attack of a conditional enemy. Russian drills have continued in recent weeks despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on planned military exercises that were due to be held by Western armed forces.
Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea
Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea

The 9K33 Osa (NATO reporting name SA-8 Gecko) is a highly mobile, low-altitude, short-range tactical surface-to-air missile system designed in the Soviet Union. Osa was the first mobile air defense missile system incorporating its own engagement radars on a single vehicle. The six-wheeled transport vehicles BAZ-5937 are fully amphibious and air transportable. The road range is about 500 km. The 9M33M3 missile greatly enhances the altitude engagement envelope to 10–12 km , and as such are also able to fly further about 15 km.

Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea
Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea

The 9K35 Strela-10 (NATO reporting name is SA-13 Gopher) is a highly mobile, visually aimed, optical/infrared-guided, low-altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system. Rather than being mounted on an amphibious but lightly armoured BRDM chassis like the 9K31, the 9K35 is mounted on a more mobile tracked, modified MT-LB, with more room for equipment and missile reloads. Provision for amphibious capability is provided in some variants in the form of polyurethane-filled floats.

Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea
Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea

The 9K38 Igla (NATO reporting name SA-18 Grouse) is a Russian/Soviet man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM). A simplified, earlier version is known as the 9K310 Igla-1, or SA-16 Gimlet, and the latest variant is the 9K338 Igla-S (SA-24 Grinch). The main improvements over the Igla-1 included much improved resistance against flares and jamming, a more sensitive seeker, a slightly longer range, a higher-impulse, shorter-burning rocket with higher peak velocity.

Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea
Russian Black Sea Fleet Anti Defense Conducted Missile Firing in Crimea

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