Russia’s S-400 Missile Defense System Has No Equal Globally

A woman walks near Russia's air defence system S-400 Triumf launch vehicles at the military exhibition


The S-400 Triumf, a top-tier anti-aircraft weapon system produced in Russia, has no parallels across the globe in terms of combat capabilities, defense expert Konstantin Sivkov told Radio Sputnik.

Take the US-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, for instance. “The THAAD has shorter range and is incapable of hitting targets beyond the horizon. In addition, it is purely an anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down ballistic missiles,” he added.

The S-400, developed in response to President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), also known as Star Wars, has a lot more to offer.
The Triumf’s first unique feature is its long range.

“The S-400 is capable of hitting targets at a height of up to 300 kilometers (186 miles). Its second distinctive feature is fire-and-forget capability. Its missiles are fitted with a homing device which can lock on a target and destroy it. Unlike US systems, the S-400 does not need to track the target,” Sivkov explained.

In addition, the S-400 is the only missile complex in the world capable of hitting targets located beyond the horizon, the expert noted. The system is also well protected against electronic warfare.Unsurprisingly, the S-400 Triumf has caused a stir. So far only China signed a contract for the deliveries of the cutting-edge missile defense system but many are likely to follow.

Saudi Arabia is said to be interested in purchasing the S-400s, while a $10 billion arms deal with India is expected to be inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Moscow in December.

The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)
The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)

Saudi Arabia Eyes Russian S-400 Missile Defense Systems – Rostec Head

An S-400 Triumph / SA-21 Growler medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile system


According to the head of Russia’s state technologies corporation Rostec, Saudi Arabia is interested in acquiring Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems.

DUBAI. Saudi Arabia is interested in acquiring Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems, but so far only China has signed a contract for their deliveries, the head of Russia’s state technologies corporation Rostec said Monday.“There are many who want this, including Saudi Arabia, but so far no one has signed a contract except China,” Sergei Chemezev said at the Dubai Airshow-2015.

India Hopes to Buy Russian S-400 Air Defense Systems to Boost Security

Combat duty 3PK S-400 Triumph in Moscow region


Former Indian Wing Commander Prafulla Bakshi called Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile system the “world’s most successful defense system.”

New Delhi intends to sign an agreement with Moscow on the delivery of Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to strengthen the country’s security, former Indian Wing Commander Prafulla Bakshi told Sputnik on Saturday.On Friday, India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in Moscow to discuss military and technical cooperation within the framework of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) meeting on November 2.

“Indian air defense system is weak and the defense ministry is planning to strengthen it. Accordingly, Indian Air Force has chalked a plan to add four more regional headquarters apart from the present five. So the Russian S-400 Missile System will be very important for India. This missile system is the world’s most successful defense system,” Bakshi said.

India and Russia have enjoyed good relations since the 1960s, underpinned by Russia’s position as New Delhi’s foremost military supplier, particularly in the post-Cold War era.IRIGC-MTC was established in 2000 to enhance bilateral cooperation in the military sphere. It is co-chaired by Parrikar and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.

The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) is Russia’s next-generation anti-aircraft system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at short-to-extremely long range.

Russia’s Air Defenders Give Insight on S-400 Missile System

S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft system


Russia’s state-of-the-art S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system can effectively differentiate between airborne targets and those moving on the ground, Russian media reported, citing members of an Airspace Command regiment deployed outside Moscow.

What makes the S-400 so special is its intelligent radar, which can “see”  just about everything both in the air and on the ground, and can easily discern even a tiny aircraft from, say, a truck moving on the ground.

“Even if a plane is flying low and with the same speed as a vehicle moving on the ground, the radar will show it on the screen,” the officers told Zvezda TV on Thursday.

They also said that with the S-400 guarding the skies, no incident like Mathias Rust’s landing his Cessna plane on Red Square in 1987 is possible because the system will immediately track down any potential violation of the Russian airspace.“For the S-400 there is no such thing as “stealth” aircraft, the system will see it and will shoot it down,” an S-400 battery commander told Zvezda TV.

The S-400 Triumph new-generation medium and long-range anti-aircraft missile system was designed to shoot down all existing and future aerial and space attacks, from spy planes to tactical and strategic bombers to ballistic missiles.

Each S-400 can simultaneously engage up to 36 targets with up 72 missiles ready to fly at a moment’s notice.

The S-400 uses three different missiles to cover its entire performance envelope. These are the extremely long range 40N6, long range 48N6 and medium range 9M96 missiles.

The system was officially brought into service in 2007.

Modern Anti-Aircraft Missile System S-400 Sighted in Algeria

S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft system

The Algerian military blog ‘Secret Difa3’ published the first photos of the new air defense system of the Algerian armed forces, identified as the Russian S-400.

The exact type of the system was identified by the truck used to propel the missile. The chassis was manufactured by Bryansk Automobile Plant (exporter of the S-300PMU-2).

The blogger reported that the contract for the supply of S-400 in Algeria was signed a year ago. The proof of this delivery is a photograph of a BAZ-64022 truck with shelter tarpaulin launcher.

It is alleged that the photo was taken in the spring of 2015 during the test of the delivered weapons. The volume of deliveries, according to the author, was for 3-4 Regiments (6-8 divisions of 8 launchers each).

The S-400 ‘Triumph’ is a multi-channel anti-aircraft missile system equipped with several types of missiles of various ranges.

The system is capable of hitting all available means of aircraft, including airplanes, helicopters, drones, cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles with a maximum speed of 4,800 meters per second.

As the Russian military blog ‘bmpd’ wrote, in 2003 Algeria was armed with three regiments equipped with the S-300PMU-2 anti-aircraft missile system.

These systems are protecting almost the entire north of Algeria, Morocco and the coastal border.

The delivery of the S-400 air defense will not only strengthen the Algerian military but will also give additional capabilities to detect targets at long distance.

If the delivery is confirmed, Algeria will become the first foreign buyer of the S-400.

New Generation Self-Homing Missile Will Bolster Russian Air Defense

S-350 Vityaz

Russia’s air defenders will soon be using super-maneuverable missile systems equipped with new generation munitions, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

“In addition to the S-400 systems, our air defense forces will start receiving the S-350 Vityaz missiles, which are more maneuverable and boast self-homing warheads  of a new generation,” Colonel Igor Klimov told RIA Novosti news agency.

The Vityaz-350 systems are scheduled to enter service in 2016.

The S-350E Vityaz (Knight) is a short-to-mid range air defense missile system intended to provide point defense against aircraft and precision attacks.

It was developed by Almaz-Antey Company as a replacement for the ageing S-300PS, which was developed back in the early 1980s.

The 9M96E naval version guided missile under development will be called Redut.

Russia’s airspace is currently protected by S-400 Triumf and S-300 Favorit missiles, and Pantsir-S short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system.


Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System to Sport New Missile

S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft system

Russia’s top-notch S-400 missile defense system is preparing to be equipped with a new, longer range missile, the Russian Missile Forces’ commander said in a radio interview Monday.

General Sergei Babakov told Russian News Service radio that, together with the S-300PM1/2, the S-400 Triumf (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) had all but phased out the now outdated S-300PS missile system protecting Moscow airspace.

General Babakov said that crews operating the new missile system were now being trained at military academies, retraining centers and test ranges.

He also mentioned the S-350E Vityaz short-to-mid range air defense missile system that will soon enter service.

More lightweight and maneuverable compared to the S-400, the S-350 will replace the S-300PS system and will use a smaller, self-homing missile that “flies higher, lower and farther.”

As to the latest Pantsir-S combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system, it will be upgraded for use in the Arctic, General Babakov added.

Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense System
Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense

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