Soldiers from the 200th Motorized Rifle Brigade separate from the Northern Fleet had spent four months at the Yeisk training ground in southern Russia learning how to operate the system. This week, they used their new skills learned at one of the Pechenga shooting ranges, a few kilometers from the Norwegian and Finnish border.
“We have been waiting for this equipment for a long time,” Anatoly Raskevich, head of a local missile calculation unit, told army television station TV Zvezda. “We are very happy and satisfied to have acquired this technology and to be able to function properly with the combat machines and the command post,” he added.
The Barnaul-T allows local units to dramatically improve their airspace surveillance and track down enemy flying objects. This includes drones, explain local instructors.
“With the help of the radar tracking equipment installed in this technology, we can detect the target, and the target becomes visible on the screen, and the commander shares the information with the combat machines which can then execute the elimination or follow-up, “says Aleksandr Bychenkov, commander of a missile division.
The system has now been deployed in the brigade, informs the press service of the Russian armed forces. The new equipment offers better management efficiency of air defense forces and units, better coordination of their action, increased mobility and better persistence of equipment in a combat situation, explain the Armed Forces.
The local Barnaul-T system is transported by MT-LBu, the amphibious auxiliary tracked armored vehicles.
According to Janes, the defense and intelligence magazine, vehicles carrying the Barnaul-T system were first revealed at a defense and security exhibition in 2019. Since then, the system has been deployed in several key units of the Russian armed forces.
The separate 200th Motorized Rifle Brigade is part of the 14th Corps of the Northern Fleet and is based in Pechenga on the Kola Peninsula.