Ukraine’s state enterprise Ukroboronservice is in talks to upgrade an additional S-300PS surface-to-air missile (SAM) defence system for the Ukrainian armed forces.
If the talks are finalised, the company will repair the system and extend its service life by seven years before handing it over to a unit of the Ukrainian armed forces’ air force by the end of June 2014.
The company recently delivered an upgraded S-300PS air-defence system to the air force, following an intermediate repair on life extension by a total of five years.
In addition to this, the company is also expected to hand over an upgraded Buk-M1 mobile air defence system to the service early next month.
Ukroboronprom acting director general Yuriy Tereshchenko said the actions towards strengthening the sky space of the country is an important focus of the concern’s activity.
"Under the conditions of stable financing, Ukroboronprom’s companies are able in sufficiently close perspective to upgrade air defense system of Ukraine qualitatively," Tereshchenko said.
During the upgrade of the next Buk-M1 system, the company specialists are expected to mount the system on an advanced Ukrainian radar station, developed at State Enterprise Scientific and Production Complex, Iskra, instead of a Russian-built station.
Code-named SA-10 Grumble, the S-300PS has an operational range of 90km, and was introduced to the Soviet armed forces in 1985.
The system features 5V55R missiles, and is designed to lock in on a target following launch using an active detection system that steers the missile directly at the target.
Developed by NPO Almaz Bureau, the S-300 is a mobile, long-range air defence system designed to detect, track and destroy incoming cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and high and low-flying strike aircraft.
Different S-300 variants featuring different missiles and improved radars are currently operational with Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam.