urface-to-air missile systems (SAM), S-300V

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.

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By GlobalData

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.