Successful Launches of Repaired Missiles
During the active phase of the joint exercise of the Air Defence of the armed forces of the member states of the CIS Unified Air Defence System “Combat Commonwealth-2021” at the Ashuluk training ground in the Astrakhan region (Russian Federation), the pilots of the Baranovichi air base successfully launched four guided aircraft missile of medium-range R-27 for four targets on multifunctional Su-30SM fighters. All targets were successfully hit.
These were the first combat launches of the R-27 missiles, which were repaired at one of the enterprises of the Ustye scientific and technical cluster near Orsha. A highly professional team of engineers, technologists, designers has convincingly proved that it is able to solve complex tasks of organising and mastering the repair of various types of guided aircraft missiles, to carry out R&D activities to modernise a wide range of missiles of the “air-to-air” and “air-to-surface” class.
The enterprise specialists mastered the repair of radio-electronic units of the hardware part (homing head, autopilot, radio fuse) of the missile. To implement the project, engineering studies of the misssiles in service with the Belarusian Air Force were carried out, and the technical condition of their optical, mechanical and electronic components was assessed.
R-27 is a medium-range air-to-air missile designed to destroy highly maneuverable aircraft, helicopters, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles at any time of the day, at all angles at medium and long distances. In total, since 2019, in the interests of the military department, 180 R-27 missiles have been repaired and put into operation. It should also be noted that the repairs carried out by the enterprise are much cheaper than the cost of repairing products of a similar class in the world market.
In addition, in the exercise, within the framework of the fulfillment of warranty obligations, another SAMI company, which repairs electronic weapons, provided technical support to air defence units to ensure the serviceability of the S-300PS SAM system, which had previously undergone overhaul. The leadership of the Defence Ministry and the command of the Air Force and Air Defence expressed gratitude to the specialists of the enterprise for the work done in preparing weapons for combat firing.
The Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Viktor Khrenin assessed the actions of Belarusian units during the active phase of the Combat Commonwealth-2021 coalition exercise. “It is impossible not to mention our pilots. In such conditions, for the first time, they launch the R-27 missile from Su-30SM aircraft. The launches were successful. This medium-range missile was modernised at our enterprises and showed high accuracy results,” said the head of the Belarusian military department.