Two-Man Crew of Rubezh Coastal Missile System to Find and Destroy Ships Alone

Rubric: Russia, Industry

At the International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2019), Typhoon Instrument Engineering Plant unveiled the coastal tactic missile system Rubezh-ME. It is a fully independent asset that provides itself with communication, maintains reconnaissance, and launches Kh-35UE Uran antiship missiles. With that, the Rubezh-ME crew includes only two men.

The system can be used either as a part of battalion or as a standalone unit. The self-propelled launcher is integrated with antiship missiles, OTH radar, fire control equipment, and communication facilities.

Coastal tactic missile system Rubezh-ME

The system is a proactive project of the Kaluga-based plant produced only for export yet. However, designers leave open the possibility of internal supplies for the Russian military.

At IMDS-2019, Rubezh-ME was presented on the KamAZ chassis. As for the company’s spokesman, another base is also possible as the system is fixed by common container twist locks.

Previous version of Rubezh system was mounted on the MAZ-543 truck chassis. Dmitry Kushnerev, deputy director general at Typhoon plant explained Mil.Press Today the shifting from the MAZ platform. As for him, every platform is tailored for particular task, and foreign customers sometimes need a lighter vehicle, even though less weaponized.
"MAZ-543 was a good chassis, but it is no longer produced. We can use MZKT chassis as an alternative. Besides, it’s too expensive to launch eight antiship missiles at once. Some customers, however, need other features. For example, common road trafficability or absence of the need to compile a whole battalion. Some even want to place the system on their own vehicles like MAN", said the Typhoon deputy director.
The chassis-independence is typical for another product of Typhoon plant as well. The coastal reconnaissance system Monolit-B is made in three versions: self-propelled, mobile, and stationary.

The Ninth International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2019) takes place in Saint Petersburg in July 10-14. In the first three days, from July 10 to July 14, the exhibition is open for experts and international guests; in July 13-14 it welcomes wide public.

Mil.Press publishes news, overviews of the novelties and business events of the show in the thematic section IMDS.

Valery Butymov

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