MINSK, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Belarus has put the second battery of Russia's Tor-M2 air defense system into service, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Deputy Defense Minister Igor Lotenkov added that the military has also signed a contract for the delivery of the third battery in 2013.
The Tor-M2 system, designed by Russian defense company Almaz-Antey, was delivered to Belarus as part of the government arms program for 2006-2015.
Like the first battery, which was delivered in 2011, the second battery comprises four combat vehicles and is capable of simultaneously intercepting 16 targets flying from any directions at a speed of 700 meters per second with a tactical range of 12 km and an altitude of 10 km.
As an upgraded version of the Tor-M1 missile system, the Tor-M2 doubles the number of targets that can be intercepted simultaneously by each combat vehicle to four.