Buk-M2 (NATO codename SA-17 Grizzly), is an upgraded version of the proven Buk-M1 mobile air defense system and retains its main features. It comprises a command post, a target acquisition radar, and up to 6 loader-launcher vehicles carrying four 9M38 ground-to-air missiles.
The system has a target acquisition range of up to 50 km (31 miles), maximum target altitude around 25 km (82,000ft) and maximum target speed about Mach 4.
Latin America Aero and Defense (LAAD) is the largest and most important biannual event for the Armed Forces and defense industries of Latin American countries. This year it is being held in Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil.
Eighteen Russian arms manufacturers will present more than 200 exhibits at the show.
"Visitors will be able to get acquainted with Tor-M1 and Pechora-2M air defense systems, which have received high acclaim from foreign customers, and advanced radar systems, including Nebo-SVU, Gamma-DE, and Podsolnukh-E radars," the Rosoboronexport press service said.
The Russian defense industry portfolio of international orders for 2006 almost doubled from the previous year, increasing by $14 billion to $30 billion, with more than $20 billion involved in contracts with the state arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport.
"Our company maintains mutually-beneficial partnership ties with more than 60 countries," the company said. "We have offices in 44 foreign countries."
India and China remain leading importers of Russian armaments, accounting for some 80% of the country's total weapons exports. But Russia has been looking to expand its presence on arms markets in Latin America, where it has opened seven offices so far.
"Today, Rosobornexport has seven representative offices in Latin America," the company said.
"Our permanent partners in the region include Venezuela, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay," Rosobornexport said. "Recently, we have intensified contacts with Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador."
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Military exercises are held in order to prevent a war rather than prepare for one. If a potential enemy knows and sees that the Russian Army is constantly improving its skills and adopting state-of-the-art combat equipment and combat support systems he will hardly risk aggression against these Armed Forces and the country they defend.