In 2016, the S-125 air defense missile system celebrated its 55-year anniversary. The most advanced version of this system is the Pechora-2M, which is currently in service in a number of countries, including Syria, where these systems were for the first time dispatched in the summer of 2013.
Currently the Syrian Armed Forces have 12 such systems, supplied by Russia in 2013.
Thanks to modern digital technologies, the Pechora-2M is capable to shoot down the most modern aircraft, including those ones, which were made by the Stealth technology. It also can destroy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in particular, strategic scouts, flying at high altitudes (more than 20 kilometers). The system, which has gotten the second life, is also capable to operate against cruise missiles at extremely low altitude (from 20 meters).
The maximum speed of an intercepted target can reach more than 1000 meters per second. The system is equipped with thermal temperature sights, allowing to conduct concealed detection of enemies.
The Pechora-2M is mounted on the Belarusian MZKT-8021 vehicle. Its 400-horsepower diesel engine is capable to accelerate the missile system up to 60 kilometers per hour.