Russian air defense faces challenges against Western cruise missiles
Russian forces acknowledge struggles against Ukraine's Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG missiles, citing their low altitude and swift approach as key difficulties
Defense Express writes about it.
Russian Tor-M2 anti-aircraft missile systems are grappling with the complexity of intercepting Ukraine's Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG cruise missiles, according to a source within the Russian anti-aircraft operations.
The operator reveals infrequent success in countering these missiles, describing them as “exceptionally challenging targets.” The missiles reportedly appear on radar only moments before impact, leaving minimal reaction time.
Russian authorities concede that the missiles' ability to fly at low altitudes makes them less susceptible to conventional long-range anti-aircraft systems. Although some interceptions are claimed, Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG missiles have inflicted significant damage, destroying assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The situation is expected to intensify as France announces plans to provide an additional 40 Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missiles to Ukraine. These missiles are deployed alongside ADM-160 MALD false targets, diverting enemy air defenses' attention.
The article notes that the Tor-M2 air defense system, designed for a range of targets, including cruise missiles, anti-radar missiles, aerial bombs, and drones, faces limitations against Ukraine's advanced missile technology.