The Russian Navy has deployed TOR M2 anti-aircraft systems aboard its corvettes sailing in the Black Sea to protect them from Ukrainian missiles and drones, following the loss of the cruiser Moskva.
A snapshot posted on social media shows the Project 22160 corvette Vasily Bykov along the coast of Crimea, sailing with a Tor M2KM land-based modular anti-aircraft system installed on its helicopter platform, presumably to enhance its air defense capabilities and anti-missile.
Since the loss of the cruiser Moskva on April 14, 2022, sunk by two Ukrainian P360 Neptune anti-ship missiles, the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which until now considered itself invulnerable in these waters, has profoundly changed its doctrine, its ships no longer evolving according to predefined and repetitive trajectories, and above all by keeping a good distance from the coasts under Ukrainian control.
With the likely arrival of anti-ship missiles supplied by Kyiv's Western allies, anti-missile defense has become a priority for the Russian admiralty, particularly with regard to the Bykov and Buyan-M type corvettes, which have very limited capabilities to protect themselves against such a threat.
The photo published yesterday on social networks showing the Vasily Bykov Buyan-class corvette carrying, on its aviation platform, a modular Tor M2KM land anti-aircraft system, most likely meets this need.
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