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Venezuela boosts air defence

24th September 2015 - 10:08 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov in Moscow


The first batch of a new surface-to-air missile (SAM) has been delivered from Russia to Venezuela.

Russian media has confirmed that the Buk-M2E system fitted on a wheeled transporter/launcher platform was received by Venezuela in mid-2015.

The Buk-M2E is built by the Ulyanovsk Mechanical Plant, which is part of the Almaz Antey Air Defence Concern.

An un-named military source from Rosoboronexport, which facilitated the sale, said that the batch includes several launch units based on the MZKT-69221 6x6 wheeled chassis.

Each of these includes five or six four-missile self-propelled launchers, each paired with one 9A316E auxiliary launch and reload unit

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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov

Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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