Russia resumes S-300 SAM missile procurement
The Russian Defence Ministry has resumed procurements of the upgraded S-300V surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for its air defence force.
Almaz-Antey's general director, Vladislav Menshchikov, was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying: "The State Defence Order through 2020 provides for significant volumes of procurement of modernised S-300V air defence systems."
Igor Ashurbeyli, Almaz-Antey's former design bureau chief, had earlier reported that production of the S-300 systems for the Russian Armed Forces had stopped and only export contracts were being carried out.
The Defence Ministry, however, had placed orders with Almaz-Antey for the supply of S-300V4 air defence missile systems in March 2012, with the first three divisions of the SAM being deployed in the Southern Military District.
The Russian military operates more than two thousand units of S-300 air defence systems in different versions, according to industry sources.
Code-named Favorite, the S-300 is a mobile, long-range air defence system that can detect, track and destroy cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and high- and low-flying aircraft.
The high-precision S-300 long-range missile system is capable of tracking up to 100 targets simultaneously from a distance of 150km and will replace the first generation SAM, the S-75, for the Russian Air Defence Forces.
Russia has recently deployed a battalion of S-400 Triumph air defence missile systems in the exclave of Kaliningrad, the third base to deploy an S-400 battalion.
Developed by central design bureau Almaz, the S-400 Triumph long- to medium-range surface-to-air missile system is an upgrade of the S-300 missile system family.
Image: Three Slovak S-300PMUs ready to launch on the third National Airdays in Pieštany. Photo courtesy of: EllsworthSK.