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Kalashnikov Group has successfully completed production and delivery of 9M333 anti-aircraft guided missiles (SAMs) to the Russian Ministry of Defense under the State Defense Order.
The 9M333 is used as part of the 9A34M3 and 9A35M3 anti-aircraft missile systems Strela-10M3.
The missile is designed to engage low-altitude planes, helicopters, drones and cruise missiles at any season and in situations involving airborne, parachuted and modulated organized optical jammers. The 9M333 seeker has three modes of operation: photo contrast, infrared and interference.
The missile is capable of hitting targets at distances up to 5,000 m, with target velocities of up to 679 m/s and flight altitudes from 10 to 3,500 m.
The product is manufactured at Kalashnikov Concern JSC. Its first public demonstration was held in 2020 as part of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020. In December 2020, the 9M333 SAM has successfully passed qualification and flight tests and fully confirmed its compliance with the customer's requirements. The periodic flight tests conducted in October 2021 produced good results.
"The development of air defense systems required the creation of state-of-the-art munitions that meet modern requirements. The 9M333 anti-aircraft guided missiles, the first major delivery of which to the Russian Ministry of Defense has just been completed by the Kalashnikov Concern, will improve the effectiveness against low-altitude planes and helicopters due to the significantly increased "tenacity" of the guidance system and greater combat capability. This ammunition allows producing fire according to the "fire and forget" principle, i.e. immediately change the location of the anti-aircraft missile system after launch," commented Bekhan Ozdoev, Industrial Director of the Rostec State Corporation's armament complex.