Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
16th January, 2016
More than half of Ukrainian planes and helicopters in the conflict for the independence of LPR and DPR in Donbass were found and shot down by anti-aircraft missile complexes, a modification of the famous "Strela-10M" "the Viper". Now the Design Bureau of precision engineering named A. E. Nudelman in cooperation with the Saratov aggregate plant brought to the state new short-range SAM "Pine" for tests, which surpass its predecessors on all counts. And if this complex were to enter service with the militia, the loss of the Ukrainian aviation could be substantially higher.
"Overall SAM "Pine" has fairly high prospects in the army, in the middle of the summer of the current year its state tests will end and the new complex will start to arrive as an armament," said the chief of armies of air defence of Land forces Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov. "It is an anti-aircraft rocket complex of a new generation, which could significantly improve the ability of the troops against the means of air attack of the enemy".
By the way, the "Pine" could be serious competition to the Belarusian-Ukrainian development of the SAM T-38 "Stiletto" (deep modernization of the Soviet SAM system "OSA-AKM") with new rocket T-382. But it looks like there is no victory in the arms market now for the winners of Maidan.