At the meeting in May in Brno (Czech Republic) military exhibition IDET-2011 and in June at Le Bourget (France) for the tribunal serious critics was exposed experimental model of the modernized Russian anti-aircraft complex of medium-range air defense system 2Q12 "Cube" to curb anti-aircraft guided system Aspide 2000, made in Italy. The development of the miracle of the Czech defense industry engaged in the Italian branch euro missile group MBDA and the Czech company of Pardubice RETIA.
Company RETIA, on request of the Czech Ministry of Defence, in 2006-2008, the limited software upgrades SAM "Cube" on programmke SURN CZ 25 air defense missile battalions Army Czech Republic. Then there was the integration is carried out air defense systems to the automatic control Air Force RACCOS. In 2015, the age limit is based on data from missile complexes, because in 2009, together with the Department of Defense Military Institute Brno, RETIA studying substitution SAM 3M9M3 Czech complexes "Cube". The Italian company MBDA has come to the aid of Czech employees, and from this period is fruitful work on integration complex "Cube" missile Aspide 2000, which includes part of MBDA Spada 2000 air defense system. Technical features Aspide missiles 2000 contain a 241 kilogram missiles and firing range of over 23 km. Must be seen to cheaper plants came at the expense of "remanufakturizirovannyh" Aspide 2000 missile missiles of early production. New models of weapons are inferior to the price range of early modifications.
Self-propelled launcher 2P25 complex "Cube" after the upgrade has three TPK with SAM Aspide 2000. Brand new computer complex system allows for tip-off set by the developed program there SURN CZ 1S91M2 standard radar system, with all this new transmitter is fully compatible with SAM Aspide 2000. Starting complex equipped with the latest hardware data pre-launch rocket system as a whole.
At the end of this year is expected to end design work, and later, in 2012, will be firing exercises in the countryside of Italy, one of the closed landfills. But first of this year, the Czech Defense Ministry announced that reduces the cost of upgrading their own army, and it will affect SAM "Cube", which in 2016 will be removed from the Air Armament Czech Republic. Despite this, developers continue to design work, and in the case of a decision of the Czech Defense Ministry is not in favor of the air defense system "Cube", shoppers can find in one of these states — Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Serbia and Montenegro. Intrigued by the military departments of these states has been seen in exhibitions in Brno and Le Bourget. Upgraded Russian technology at applicable costs are completely satisfied with the military of these countries.
Prior to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the country was in service with seven units SAM 2Q12 "Cube". At the current time, they are all in Strakonice, armed with the 251st anti-aircraft missile regiment (4-battery structure) of the 25th air defense missile brigade.