New Russian air defence system by 2013

August 15th, 2011 - 7:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A new short-range air defence missile system would be ready to enter service in Russia in 2013, former chief designer of Almaz-Antei corporation Igor Ashurbeili has said.

The Morfey, which is an ultra short-range mobile air defence system with an effective range of only five km, is being developed since 2007.

“The system is expected to enter service in 2013,” Ashurbeili said.

In its current design, the new system features a radar with a dome-shape antenna, which provides constant 360-degree tracking of targets.

“If the design remains unchanged, it will be a unique weapon,” Ashurbeili, who currently co-chairs an expert council on aerospace defence, told RIA Novosti.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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