Russia: S-400 surface-to-air missile system strikes multiple hypersonic targets in Siberia

Russia: S-400 surface-to-air missile system strikes multiple hypersonic targets in Siberia
Russia: S-400 surface-to-air missile system strikes multiple hypersonic targets in Siberia

Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system has reportedly struck hypersonic targets during the drills at the Telemba training range in Buryatia, Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported.

“During the live-fire exercise, over a dozen targets simulated by Armavir target missiles and Favorit smart hypersonic [target] missiles were destroyed. All the targets were hit,” the MoD said in a statement.

Russia’s S-400 Triumf (NATO: SA-21 Growler) is the one of the latest Russian long-and medium-range surface-to-air missile defence systems.

The system, which entered service in 2007, can be tasked for both air defence or tactical missions. Indeed, the S-400 can destroy a wide range of targets including aircraft, cruise, and ballistic missiles, and also ground installations.

The S-400 is intended to be a one-size-fits-all missile system. Indeed, it can be configured with long-range, semi long-range, medium-range and even short-range weapons systems, depending on how the individual user wishes to configure the S-400.

The S-400 radars and sensors, as well as its missiles, can cover an extensive area – the radar has a range of at least 600km for surveillance, and its missiles have ranges of up to 400km.

The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of up to 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km under intensive enemy fire and jamming.

During the exercises, the Russian Army also tested the Pantsyr-S (NATO: SA-22 Greyhound) ground-based self-propelled surface-to-air missile/gun system. The Pantsyr-S is designed to protect military and civilian facilities, from air attacks.

The Pantsyr is armed with up to 12 anti-aircraft missiles and two 30mm guns, each of which is capable of firing up to 40 rounds per second.

 Russian Army also tested the Pantsyr-S (NATO: SA-22 Greyhound)
Pantsyr-S (NATO: SA-22 Greyhound)

Moscow has also recently completed tests of certain elements of S-500 system, including its launcher.

The S-500 is expected to engage targets at altitudes of over 60 miles, which is higher than any existing missile defense systems. According to Russian state media reports, the system is able to detect and simultaneously attack up to ten ballistic missile warheads flying at speeds of over 4 miles a second (read more).

S-400: Defence Insight Analysis

China considers Russian S-400 missile systems a ‘necessity’, according to Russian media said quoting Chinese sources.

Because of its capabilities, several countries including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India, and Qatar have expressed their appreciation for the S-400 system. China indeed was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014.

These are four reasons why China wants to buy the Russian S-400 missile defence system.

Matteo Natalucci

Matteo Natalucci is a geopolitics expert working as an Editor in London covering all aspects of international affairs and technology. Matteo previously worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, IHS Markit, and Global Data. Get in touch with the author: matteo.natalucci@internationalinsider.org
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