Russia air defence forces to receive S-300V system

The state contract on the supply of new anti-aircraft missiles of the S-300V4 systems has also been signed.

Updated: Apr 12, 2012, 15:59 PM IST

Moscow: The Army air defence of the
Land Forces of Russia will be additionally equipped this year
with the advanced, fourth modification of the S-300V
anti-aircraft missile system, spokesman for the Land Forces
Colonel Sergei Vlasov told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

"Within the development of air defence weapons of the
Land Forces this year it is planned to complete the
modernisation of the C-300V system to the S-300V4 level," he
said.

"The state contract on the supply of new anti-aircraft
missiles of the S-300V4 systems has also been signed."

"The range of the heavy missiles` firing is over 300
kilometres," Vlasov said.

In late March, he recalled, tactical exercises of the
Naro-Fominsk antiaircraft missile brigade were conducted at
the Kapustin Yar ranged in the Astrakhan region.

During the weapons training exercise the S-300V upgraded
anti-aircraft missile systems confirmed their high
performance, hitting air targets.

The S-300V (Army), in contrast to the S-300 conventional
medium-range missile system, was specially developed for RF
Land Forces and its launcher is installed on tracked
transporters.

A major difference of the S-300V from the "parallel"
system is that it has not one but two types of anti-aircraft
guided missiles.

One is used for hitting aerodynamic targets at ranges of
up to 75 kilometres.

Another missile of the "ground- to-ground" class can hit
ballistic targets, as well as all types of aircraft with
speeds of up to 3,000 metres per second at a range of up to
100 kilometres.

The S-300V system is carried on tracked MT-T
transporters, which gives it better cross-country mobility
than even the S-300Ps on 8x8 wheeled transporters.

The performance characteristics of the S-300V4 exceed
1.5-2.3 times the capacity of the preceding, third
modification of the system.

In the firing range and other parameters it is close to
the S-400 "Triumph" characteristics owing to the introduction
of new components, hardware and computing facilities.

PTI