Russia Nearing Production of New SHORAD System

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The Russian news agency TASS has reported that it is preparing for “serial production” of a new mobile short-ranged air defense system, dubbed “Sosna.” TASS notes that the system is meant to replace Russia’s older Strela-10M system. Sosna can reportedly be equipped with 12 “Sosna-R” surface to air missiles, with a range of 10 kilometers and maximum altitude of 5 kilometers. Vladimir Makeyev, head of the Nudelman Precision Design Bureau, said that “We hope that we will see it in the troops soon.”