MOSCOW, (BM) – The S-300 anti-aircraft missile system was able to destroy hypersonic targets during the experiment, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Lieutenant General Alexander Leonov, the head of the military air defense of the Russian Armed Forces.
“It is important to cover the groupings of troops and rear facilities from attacks by hypersonic weapons and complex ballistic targets of the enemy,” he said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.
“The conducted military-technical experiments confirmed the capabilities of the S-300B4 system to combat these types of targets,” Leonov said.
The day before, President Vladimir Putin said that now in the world no one has hypersonic weapons, except for Russia.
Meanwhile, the United States announced its intention to develop hypersonic weapons. At the same time, the Pentagon admitted that they are behind in this from Russia.
What S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is?
The S-300 (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) is a series of initially Soviet and later Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems produced by NPO Almaz, based on the initial S-300P version.
The S-300 system was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defence Forces. Subsequent variations were developed to intercept ballistic missiles. The S-300 system was first deployed by the Soviet Union in 1979, designed for the air defence of large industrial and administrative facilities, military bases and control of airspace against enemy strike aircraft.
The system is fully automated, though manual observation and operation are also possible. Components may be near the central command post, or as distant as 40 km. Each radar provides target designation for the central command post. The command post compares the data received from the targeting radars up to 80 km apart, filtering false targets, a difficult task at such great distances. The central command post features both active and passive target detection modes.
The project-managing developer of the S-300 is Almaz-Antey. S-300 uses missiles developed by both MKB “Fakel” and NPO Novator design bureaus (separate government corporations, previously named “OKB-2” and “OKB-8”).
The S-300 is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems currently fielded. It is mainly used in Asia and Eastern Europe, including three NATO member countries: Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia. An evolved version of the S-300 system is the S-400 (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler), which entered limited service in 2004.
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Source: Vzglyad, Wikipedia