Russia's Land Forces, Airborne Troops receive advanced air defense systems

The Kolomna-based Engineering Design Bureau (KBM), part of the Precision Complexes holding, has delivered two large consignments of Verba portable air defense missile systems to the Russian Defense Ministry, a company spokesman told Interfax-AVN.

The Kolomna-based Engineering Design Bureau (KBM), part of the Precision Complexes holding, has delivered two large consignments of Verba portable air defense missile systems to the Russian Defense Ministry, a company spokesman told Interfax-AVN.

"KBM provided the Russian army with another brigade set of advanced Verba portable air defense missile systems intended for the Land Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as a division set of these complexes for the Airborne Troops," he said.

The Kolomna-based design bureau has delivered two brigade sets and two division sets of Verba systems to the Russian Armed Forces over the past year, he added.

The Verba portable air defense missile system successfully underwent state-commissioned trials in 2011. These systems are manufactured by a holding which includes KBM and a number of other leading enterprises.

One Verba system includes missiles, command, detection and targeting equipment, Identification Friend or Foe equipment, technical maintenance equipment, as well as training equipment.

The Verba system is fitted with a new optical three-band seeker, can hit targets flying at speeds of up to 500 meters per second, within a range of up to 6,400 meters and at altitudes of up to 4,500 meters. The warhead weighs around 1.5 kilograms.

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