MINSK, (BM) – A local source from Belarus claims that the Russian Federation has transferred its S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to the Republic of Belarus, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the video footage provided, a column of anti-aircraft missile systems can be seen on the main road near the Minsk National International Airport. Careful examination of the video footage reveals that a column of Russian air defense systems was indeed being withdrawn from the airport area, the column being composed mostly of S-300 missile systems.
But at the 14th-15th second of the video, the next in line in the column is a mobile starter with a VAZ chassis, which the Russians use only for the S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system. Another feature that stands out is the S-400 launch vehicle, which is generally longer in size than those of the S-300 complexes.
We remind you that until now Belarus and Lukashenko did not have the latest missile system in Russia, but now apparently Moscow has decided to transport and deliver to Minsk from the same.
However, the question remains why the S-400 air defense system was transported to Belarus? Military experts comment that there are two possibilities: the first is that Moscow has transported anti-aircraft systems in preparation for a future joint military exercise, and the second is that aid has been provided free of charge to a foreign country.
There is a third possibility that should not be ruled out. We know that Poland will have American fifth-generation F-35 fighters. Also, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia often organize and participate in Baltic military exercises with their NATO and US partners, working out a possible threat from Russia.
Alliance F-35s have repeatedly participated in these exercises. Moscow could try, through the activation of the S-400 in border military areas in Belarus, to obtain secret information about the F-35 technology used – something that Washington has repeatedly warned both its partners around the world and personally Turkey, which has already bought the same S-400 systems from Russia, and a second delivery on a second order is forthcoming.
Turkey tried to detect weaknesses of the S-400 missile system during tests
Tests of the S-400 by the Turkish military made it possible to assess the effectiveness of the Russian systems, and probably to find weaknesses, learned BulgarianMilitary.com on July 10 citing the former deputy commander of the air defense forces of the USSR Ground Forces, Lieutenant General Alexander Luzan.
“During the test of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, the Turkish military discovered aircraft and carried out so-called electronic launches on them. This allows us to simultaneously study the features of the application, evaluate the effectiveness, perhaps another goal was to find the weaknesses of the system,” Luzan told RIA Novosti.
He explained that it is “technically impossible” to extract technologies from the S-400, because Turkey has to study these systems “empirically”.
In November 2019, Turkey also tested S-400 radar stations using the F-16 U.S. fighter-bombers. The tests were filmed on video. The United States expressed concern about this.
As we reported on July 8 the functionality of the Russian S-400 air defense systems was tested on American fighters, which approached the Turkish air base.
Testing passed despite a US warning about the possible imposition of sanctions. Similar weapons tests took place in the fall of 2019. Earlier, the purchase of S-400 by Turkey became a stumbling block in relations with the United States.
Not far from Ankara, the Turkish military began new tests of anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) S-400. They sent them from the Myurt air base against the American F-16 and F-4 fighters, according to Fighter Jets World.
The portal notes that testing of Russian weapons began on July 4 and will last several months – until November 26. According to the publication, the Turkish authorities ignored the US warning about the possible imposition of sanctions in the event of air defense missile tests.
What S-400 missile system is?
S-400 Triumph is a Russian long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, anti-aircraft missile system (SAM). S-400 is designed to destroy all modern and promising means of aerospace attack [including hypersonic].
According to Western analysts, the S-400, along with systems such as the Iskander OTRK and coastal anti-ship systems of the Bastion class, plays a key role in the new concept of the Russian Armed Forces, known in the West as the “Access Denied Zone” [Anti-Access / Area Denial, A2 / AD], which consists in the fact that NATO troops cannot be and move within the range of A2 / AD restricted area systems without the risk of causing unacceptable damage to them.
Triumph is the name of the export version. The market price of one division of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is about $ 500 million.
Technical characteristics of S-400 missile system
The performance characteristics of the S-400 Triumph are: detects a target at a distance of 600 km; strikes a target at a distance of 400 km; the maximum speed of the hit targets – 4.8 km / s; at the same time can fire 36 targets with pointing up to 72 missiles on them; deployment time of the system from the stowed state – 5-10 minutes; the time to bring the system’s assets into combat readiness from the deployed state is 3 minutes.
How does the Triumph air defense system work?
The S-400 Triumph is not just an installation for launching missiles, but a whole complex of coordinated and complex systems, the components of which are located on high-cross-country vehicles.
The entire process from detecting to destroying a target occurs automatically:
- The radar system (radar) detects hundreds of targets within a radius of 600 km and determines their nationality.
- Data is sent to the command post (55K6E). He, in turn, distributes targets between several launchers (5P85TE2).
- Each command post can simultaneously control eight air defense systems, each of which carries up to 12 launchers. They, in turn, accommodate four missiles with different masses, launch ranges and capabilities.
- Depending on the type of target, an air defense system selects a missile. The S-400 Triumph is armed with missiles with different weights, launch ranges and capabilities: 48N6E, 48N6E2, 48N6E3, 9M96E and 9M96E2.
- Ultra-long-range missiles (up to 400 km) are capable of destroying targets even beyond the reach of targeting locators, for which they have unique homing heads. After climbing at the command of such a rocket itself goes into search mode.
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