The Czech company RETIA, a.s. is replacing - three deadly fingers - of the Surface to Air Missile (SAM) system 2K12 KUB
The long-term partner of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic (AFCR) in the area of air defence - RETIA, a.s. (RETIA) - completed a defence research project assigned by the Czech Ministry of Defence (CZMOD). In this project RETIA sorted out a possibility of replacement of old soviet made missiles used by 2K12 KUB system, which radar system SURN was modernized by RETIA in years 2006 - 2008. The results of the defence research will be presented by RETIA experts on 6th March 2012 from 12 o´clock. The presentation will begin at the company´s headquarters and in the afternoon the modernized system will be introduced at Pardubice airport.
The members of the Czech Republic parliament, representatives of CZMOD and the General Staff of AFCR and representatives of armed forces of Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria will participate in this presentation. MBDA, the biggest European company in the area of guided missiles and rockets delivery, which has cooperated in the research project with RETIA, will also send its experts to take part in this presentation.
CZMOD tasked RETIA in 2009 to find an appropriate missile and to modernize 2K12 KUB system. This system is used by many NATO member countries in Europe and it satisfies armed forces operational requirements. The main limitation of this system is short missiles´ lifetime. AFCR are facing a decision how to secure air space: either by a procurement of a new air defence system, by sequenced replacement of existing missiles or partially by giving up of this task.
"Our task in the first phase was to find a way of replacing missiles which could maintain, and respectively improve SAM capabilities and extend its lifetime. The following task was to design the new SAM crew composition and to describe the whole life cycle after the missiles´ replacement. We found the solution, determined and documented all technical and economical requirements of suggested missiles´ replacement. The real outcome of the research project is the high technology missile system, in question of components it is independent on out of NATO countries area. The tactical and technical parameters are comparable with contemporary systems and moreover the price is incomparably lower. These results can be used by other NATO armed forces, which are equipped by afore mentioned missile system. We will hand over these results to CZMOD for further consideration." says RETIA general director Petr Novák. It is possible to state that the results of the research project are in the AFCR conditions, applicable, without any doubt, as one of the many sources for the preparation of the new concept of the Czech Republic air space protection.
The modernized version of a missile launcher system nicknamed "three deadly fingers" was presented by RETIA in 2011 at the International Fair of Defence and Security Technology (IDET) in Brno. RETIA assumes to get a certificate from live firing tests too. "We are in negotiations with MBDA company representatives that we will make happen in cooperation with MBDA, using our companies resources, the second part of the project - live firing tests at Sardinia firing range, Italy," says Petr Novák.
RETIA experts who spent two busy years at the research project, assessed technical and economical possibilities of the replacement of aged former soviet made missiles 3M9M3 for state of art missiles with sufficient lifetime. RETIA actively cooperated with Defence University Brno, Air Defence department; Military Academy in Vyškov; Air Defence Brigade in Strakonice and other military experts from AFCR. "The first step was to set up the criteria and particular choice of suitable anti-aircraft guided missile. That choice was a starting point for the development and production of a technological demonstrator of missile launcher to certify a feasibility of replacement."explains progress of work technical director Pavel Mužák. "RETIA cooperates with MBDA company on further development of the technological demonstrator. MBDA´s missile Aspide 2000 was chosen as a suitable replacement for aged 3M9M3."
RETIA is a partner for AFCR in the field of Ground Based Air Defence for almost 20 years. RETIA cooperated with CZMOD in frequency change of the 1S91 SURN radar in accordance with the European Table of Frequency, besides others. This upgrade is known as SURN CZ and meant in reality the complete generational change of electronic equipment. All batteries of 25th Air Defence Brigade have been equipped by modernized SURN CZ radars. From that time modernized SAM system 2K12 KUB successfully has taken part in many NATO and international exercises and AFCR live firing tests in Poland, where it has proven to considerably increase of combat efficiency, especially in conditions of radio-electronic jamming.