Russia’s air-defense manufacturer Almaz-Antey has presented a 9А317М-E TELAR [Transporter Erector Launcher And Radar] of the Buk-M3 “Viking” medium-ran air-defense system equipped with a brand new optical tracker.
The upgraded TELAR was showcased at the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2021 that opened its doors on August 22.
The new optical tracker, which appears to be equipped with an infrared camera, a day camera, and a laser range-finder, is housed in a gyro stabilized gimbal platform.
Almaz-Antey also showcased at Army-2021 the export version of the target acquisition radar for the Buk-M3, the 9S38E. The radar can detect aerial targets with a maximum range of 200 km.
The air-defense system has an effective range of 70 km and a maximum engagement altitude of 35 km. The systems’ 9А317М-E TELAR can be armed with up to six 9M317M missiles.
The Buk-M3 has already entered service with the Russian military. Egypt was reportedly the first customer of the system. The TELAR and acquisition radar showcased at Army-2021 were painted in Egyptian military camouflage, which suggest that Egypt has either received the system or will receive it very soon.