Safari Morfei: photo, specifications, video
Safari Morfei: photo, specifications, video

Safari Morfei: photo, specifications, video

In Russia, active work is underway to develop a new 42C6 “Morfei” near-range air defense system, as announced by the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Colonel-General A. Zelin.


"The system is used to protect military facilities, has both passive and active means of warfare," said the commander in chief, noting that "the new Morfey complex is capable of destroying everything that moves in the air within the radius of adjacent 5 km."


The creation of the Morfey air defense missile system is being carried out by the Almaz-Antey Air Defense Concern's design bureau. Work began in the 2007 year. It is assumed that the new system will go into service with the Russian military air forces to 2015 year. According to unconfirmed data, by this time, the Almaz-Antey air defense system had developed a prototype of a modern air defense system, which was demonstrated at the international MAKS-2011 air show in the city of Zhukovsky. The combat characteristics of the future anti-aircraft missile system remains unknown, but the main technical data of the Almaz-Antey air defense system have been revealed.

Key components of the Morphine SAM system

Control system and guidance:

  • The command post of the air defense missile system is a combat vehicle on the Tirg or BAZ chassis;
  • The 29YX6 multi-function radar, created in the framework of the Morfey OCR, is mounted on the 70H6 combat vehicle and, according to unconfirmed information, is a circular radar with a PAR or AFAR with a hemispherical dome lens. With high probability, the missile defense system uses the command control of the operational information of the radar complex.


The air defense system operates as part of the EU ZRO or offline. It is not excluded that the zone of fire of the air defense missile system will not have a characteristic of many “funnel” air defense systems. In this case, the fire will be simultaneously carried out on several targets. It is also worth noting that the reaction time is much faster from complexes of the Tor-M1 and Tor-M2 class.


Mobile launcher with 29Я6 radar on BAZ chassis (4х4) - 70Н6 is not used in driving dynamics. Missiles are launched from vertical launch containers. In May, the 2010 of the year was ready for work a prototype model of the BAZ-69092-024 chassis.

ZRK Morpheus, sketch

The complex allegedly (according to the Almaz-Antey air defense data in the 2008 report of the year) uses the 9М338К rocket. Its range is up to 6 kilometers, and the height of the defeat is up to 3,5 kilometers.

In the spring of 2010, I. Ashurbeyli, then holding the position of general director of Almaz-Antey air defense, told reporters in an interview that the Morfey air defense missile system would be part of the extended aerospace defense along with the Vityaz medium-range complex. In addition, the air defense system "Vityaz" is able to detect and fire a large number of targets. The development of a new VKO system in the Russian Federation began this year.


According to the plan, the anti-missile and air defense systems of the Morfey, Vityaz, C-400 Triumph and C-500 Triumfator-M missile defense systems will be included in the East-Kazakhstan oblast system. According to the army, Nikolay Makarov of the General Staff of the Army General, the joint system will create an “umbrella” that would reliably cover the Russian Federation from probable “strikes of cruise and ballistic missiles of various bases, including from extremely low altitudes, regardless of the situation and time.

Today, Russia is significantly superior to the United States in terms of the technical level of its air defense systems and helicopter, but at the same time it is losing much in terms of equipment with unmanned aerial vehicles. This opinion was expressed at a meeting with journalists of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force A. Zelin.


In addition, he added that the domestic air defense systems such as C-300 and C-400 repeatedly surpass the main American Patriot system. In addition, active work is being carried out in the Russian Federation to develop new C-500, Morfei and Vityaz complexes.

C-400 - one of the best air defense systems in the world

According to the commander of the Air Force, incl. concerns strike airplanes, comparative parity is observed between the USA and Russia. But Russia is inferior in the amount of military equipment in strategic aviation. “With the advent of modern missiles, which are already coming into service, our potentials are being equalized,” said the commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force.

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