2566 REARP JSC Trains a Crew to Operate the Upgraded Osa TELAR
In accordance with the joint decision of the State Authority for Military Industry and the Ministry of Defence to conduct flight tests of the 9M33M3 surface-to-air missile, 2566 Radioelectronic Armament Repair Plant JSC (2566 REARP) trained a combat crew of one of the units of the anti-aircraft missile troops to operate the upgraded 9A33-2B TELAR vehicle of the Osa SAM. The training session took place at the 174th training ground of the Air Force and Air Defence in September.
Theoretical training was carried out under a special programme using the operating documentation developed by the company. Practical training was carried out directly on the 9A33-2B vehicle using a built-in simulator designed to train crews to conduct tactical and combat missions in a high-threat environment against simulated targets without the consumption of missiles.
The introduced function enables troops to simulate a large number of types of targets and interference with characteristics of reflected signals that are close to real ones, as well as use a flexible system for choosing scenarios for training attacks. In addition, the introduced “electronic shot” mode allows troops to check the missile control loop with subsequent assessment of the firing result without launching missiles, as well as check the serviceability of the vehicle and its readiness for combat use.
Practical training of the combat crew of the upgraded Osa SAM was carried out by practising the tasks of repelling a simulated raid of various types of air threats, as well as in the course of repelling a real training air raid (Yak-130, Su-30, MiG-29 aircraft). The training session confirmed the vehicle’s capabilities to detect and track air targets with radar equipment in medium- and high-threat environments. The air attack was carried out at extremely low and low altitudes in the range from 100 to 500 m.
The training session did not reveal any malfunctions in the equipment of the 9A33-2B TELAR vehicle. Following the training session, the vehicle was submitted for admission to live fire testing (flight tests).