Belarus wants more S-400 SAM systems to ‘cover the Russian back’

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MINSK, ($1=3.10 Belarusian Rubles) — Belarus has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide him with more S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to be located west of Minsk. BulgarianMilitary.com learned the news from a speech by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on March 1 this year.

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According to Lukashenko, his country has troops, but no equipment. If Putin agrees, additional S-400s and other anti-aircraft systems awaited in Belarus will cover the country’s western border.

Lukashenko’s concerns stem from reports by Belarusian military intelligence that ground forces, additional weapons, and weapons systems are stationed near Belarus by Poland and Lithuania. At the same time, Lukashenko linked his request to Putin to an old statement from him months ago. “Remember, I said we would not allow the Russians to be shot in the back. I meant that” Lukashenko said.

Alexander Lukashenko reiterated that the Belarusian army has not participated and will not participate in the war in Ukraine. 

What S-400 SAM 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.

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 S-400 SAM 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:

1st – The radar system [radar] detects hundreds of targets within a radius of 600 km and determines their nationality.

2nd – Data is sent to the command post [55K6E]. He, in turn, distributes targets between several launchers [5P85TE2].

3rd- 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.

4th – 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.

5th – 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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