MOSCOW, (BM) – The Russian Ministry of Defense has received a new V-Vityaz S-350 medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Russian media source Channel 24.
According to the press service of the Almaz-Antey concern, which actually delivered the Vityaz to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the equipment transfer ceremony took place at the Kapustin Yar training ground in the Astrakhan Region. As part of the transfer, the equipment was brought to the training ground, and then overflights took place, accompanied by real air targets.
Note that the state tests of the new anti-aircraft complex S-350 Vityaz were completed in April 2019. Then it became known that they would launch it into mass production.
What is known about the new Vityaz air defense system.
It is used for air defense and belongs to the new generation of anti-aircraft missile systems. It is a self-propelled launcher. Among the objectives of the complex is the destruction of aerodynamic and ballistic targets at extremely low and high altitudes, in particular cruise missiles. Also, the complex should provide protection against stealth combat aircraft.
Vityaz can operate both autonomously and as part of an air defense echelon. Its ammunition includes medium-range missiles, which are used in the S-400, and short-range missiles. According to data from open sources, one S-350 launcher has 12 anti-aircraft missiles.
According to plans, the new air defense system should replace the S-300PS and Buk-M1-2 anti-aircraft missile systems. In addition, the S-350 air defense system has the complement of the S-400 long and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, which Russia adopted in 2007.
By the way, in early October, Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted of developing heavy-duty strike systems that supposedly could overcome any missile defense system. According to him, such weapons are nowhere else in the world.
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