Russian Latest Viking Air Defense System Offered to China
By Tamir Eshel
Russia is offering an export variant of the Buk-M3 air defense system called ‘Viking’ to China. The Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile system was recently accepted for service in the Russian Army. The weapon system is a follow-up of medium-range air defense missile systems (known as Buk-M2E – SA-17) is designed to protect troops and infrastructure facilities against modern and future air attack weapons amid jamming and counter-fire.
The system uses radio-electronic and thermal guidance (operable in weather, day and night), the can be guided independently or under command guidance from the launcher, or operate the two methods simultaneously.
Buk-M3/Buk-M3 ‘Viking’ air defense systems: Details