“By the end of the year, it is planned to put into service of the air defense troops of the Ground Forces the newest anti-aircraft missile system” Buk-M3″ of medium-range, and as of 2016 it will be delivered to the army,” – said the source in the agency.
Military already spoke about upcoming adoption into service of “Buk-M3” in 2007 and 2012.
So, in October of 2012, the representative of the press service and information on the Defense Ministry on ground troops, Colonel Nikolai Donyushkin told “Interfax” that “Buk-M3” should appear in the army before 2015.
In September of 2007, the head of the army air defense forces Nikolay Frolov told TASS that the newest air defense systems will be adopted into service within two years.
TASS notes that the characteristics of the “Buk-M3” are unknown. Development of the anti-aircraft complex began in 1988, but the production only began 15 years later.