The Russian Navy plans to deploy to Buk self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems to the Crimea.
The 1096th air defense regiment based in Sevastopol will first receive the Buk-M2 missiles and then later, the more modern Buk-M3. Currently, the 1096th regiment is using the Osa missile system.
The BUK-M2 system is designed to destroy tactical and strategic aircraft, ballistic and aerial rockets, helicopters and other types of aerial precision weapons. It is capable of hitting airborne targets with its solid fuel missiles at a range of 3 to 45 km and at altitudes from 15 to 25 km.
On Defender of the Fatherland Day, the Russian air defense forces staged an arms exhibition in Sevastopol. On the square in front of the Cultural Information Center they put Favorite and Pantsir missile systems on display, as well as other equipment.