Recently there has been held tactical training of gunners in the Russian Far East. The main task was to negate an air attack of an imaginary enemy. All main actions wereperformed inside the special cabin – command and control point.
S-400 “Triumph” is the modern means of air defence in Russia. These anti-aircraft missile systems have been on duty in the Primorye region for half a year already. We are going to have a closer view of the best anti-aircraft missile and gun systems standing guard over the Russian boudaries.
The missilers successfully fulfill all necessary tasks defending the air space of the region.
The military unit received S-400 “Triumph” and “Pantsir-S” anti-aircraft missile and gun systems last year. They fully guarantee the safety of the air borders in the Russian Far East.
The S-400 uses 3 different missiles to cover its entire performance envelope. These are the extremely long range 40N6, long range 48N6 and medium range 9M96 missile. Each one has different capabilities.
The S-400′s radar is capable of tracking over 100 targets at ranges of over 600 km (370 mi), and engaging up to twelve of these targets at varying ranges, depending on the missile used.
Each air defence missile system provides simultaneous firing of up to 36 targets with aiming at them with 72 missiles.
The S-400 “Triumph” was put into service in 2007.
The system may hit aerodynamic targets at the distance of 400 km and tactical ballistic targets – at the distance of 60 km. Target detection is possible at a distance of 600 km. The missiles can hit targets flying low, about 5 meters over the ground (for comparison: the American “Patriot” can hit targets only at height not less than 60 meters).
“Pantsir-S1″ is a combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system produced in Tula, Russia. It is intended for near cover of civil and military sites from all modern and advanced air assualt weapons. Besides, it can protect a defenced object from ground and overwater threats.
It is a short to medium range ground based air defence system, wheeled, tracked or stationary with two to three operators. Its air defense consists of automatic anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air-missiles with radar or optical target-tracking and radio-command guidance.
Aerial targets include everything with a minimum radar-cross-section of 1 cm2 and speeds up to a maximum of 1300 metre/second within a maximum range of 20,000 meters and heights up to 15,000 meters – including all types of aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and air-to-ground precision guided weapons. The system is able to defend against stealth aircraft, and has capability for anti-munitions missions.