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)

Russian manufacturer begins shipping of Buk missile system components to foreign customer

The START Research and Production Enterprise has been exporting military equipment to the CIS, as well as countries of the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia and Africa since 1996

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YEKATERINBURG, November 9. /TASS/. Russia’s START manufacturer (Yaskin Research and Production Enterprise START) have begun the delivery of equipment from the Buk air defense missile system to a foreign customer, the company’s press service told TASS on Monday.

“The 9T243 transport vehicle and 9T458 missile maintenance workshop vehicle have successfully passed the inspection of Rosoboronexport [Russian arms exporting company] that checked the configuration and appearance of the vehicles. During November 2015, START will complete the shipment of the vehicles to a foreign customer,” the press service said.

According to the company CEO Vladimir Tretyakov, the contract was concluded in 2013. “The START Research and Production Enterprise fulfils its contract obligations and ships the equipment on time, which was confirmed by the Rosoboronexport inspection,” he said.

The START Research and Production Enterprise (part of the Aviation Equipment Holding of Rostec State Corporation) has been exporting military equipment to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as countries of the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia and Africa since 1996. The company is a leader in the development of launch vehicles and mechanisms for anti-aircraft missile and missile defense systems, shipboard launchers, airborne launchers and ejection systems, complexes for ground servicing of the sea-based and air-based missile systems. Since its establishment, START has developed and transferred to serial production more than 320 new weapon models.

Russia, Egypt Discuss Antey-2500, Buk Missile Systems Delivery

Russia is holding talks with Egypt on the delivery of Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile system


Rostec head Sergey Chemezov said that Russia is holding talks with Egypt on the delivery of Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile system and Buk surface-to-air missile system.

Russia is holding talks with Egypt on the delivery of Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile system and Buk surface-to-air missile system, Russia’s state technologies corporation Rostec head Sergey Chemezov said Sunday.“Today we are considering a possibility of delivering to Egypt missile systems Antey-2500 and Buk, negotiations continue,” Chemezov said during the Dubai Airshow.

Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport will supply to foreign countries arms worth at least $12.5 billion until the end of the year, Russia’s state technologies corporation Rostec head said.

“Rosoboronexport should reach $12.5 billion. We hope, it will be a little more. But we will definitely fulfill the plan,” Chemezov said during the Dubai Airshow.

Russian missile maker doubled its export order book in 2014

NIZHNY TAGIL. September 11. /TASS/. Russian arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey’s 2014 order book exceeded its 2012 portfolio by about two times, a representative of the manufacturer said at the Russia Arms Expo 2015 arms show on Friday.

“Based on the requests received, nine contracts were signed with foreign customers in 2014. As of late 2014, the overall export order book was virtually twice as large as that in 2012,” the Almaz-Antey representative said.

According to him, Almaz-Antey received 43 requests for military hardware from 12 countries in 2014. The manufacturer is entitled by law to export combat hardware independently. “In all, the consortium was fulfilling 28 contracts for military hardware and services and four contracts for foreign personnel training in 2014,” the Almaz-Antey employee added.

“The number of Almaz-Antey-developed and -made export products is growing continuously. Thirteen advanced products were cleared for export in 2014,” the manufacturer’s representative said, adding that he was not authorized to name the products.

Six countries requested improvements in their aftersales servicing facilities, and their requests are being fulfilled on schedule.

Russia develops new antiaircraft system to replace Buk air defense missile complex

Russian Military Technologies's photo.

Russia’s Tikhomirov R&D institute of instrument-making, which is part of Almaz-Antey defense manufacturer, is developing a new-generation air defense missile system as a follow-up to the Buk antiaircraft complexes, Institute Chief Yuri Bely said on Wednesday.
“The management of Almaz-Antey Group has set the task of working out proposals on further developing the Buk antiaircraft missile systems. We’ll prepare and submit these proposals jointly with the Group to the Defense Ministry,” he said.

Portable anti-aircraft missile system 9K333 “Verba” got three spectral seeker



Portable anti-aircraft missile system 9K333 “Verba” was the first in the world to get three spectral seeker for surface-to-air missile 9M336.

This was said by the Chief Designer of Kolomna “Engineering Design Bureau” Valery Kashin at the forum “Army-2015″.

“”Verba” was first to get three spectral seeker operating in the ultraviolet, near-infrared and mid-infrared range,” Kashin informed. “This allows to get more information about the purpose which makes the portable anti-aircraft missile system more selective and sensitive. Increased sensitivity rises the range of the real target lock,” he added.

Kashin noted that immunity of missile 9K333 is also increased.

Iran is ready to operate S-300 air defense systems



Iranian specialists have already been trained to operate Russian S-300 air defense systems, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to Commander of the Iranian air defense base Khatam al-Anbia, Brigade General Farzad Esmaili, and Iranian mass media.

“The base’s experts have completed the training course and they are ready to operate Russian air defense systems,” he said.

In April 2015 the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, lifted the ban on delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran. The contract for delivery of five divisions of S-300PMU-1 to Iran worth $800 million was signed in 2007. Three years later in summer 2010 UN Security Council approved the Resolution No. 1929 related to Iran. After that Dmitry Medvedev (former President of Russia) signed an order that put the contract on hold.

F. Esmaili assured that Iran is not going to use S-300 systems delivered by Russia for development of an indigenous analogue. “S-300 is the air defense system, which will be deployed in some regions of our country; we are not going to copy it,” the General said.