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Russia’s Superior Air Defense Systems

Monday, February 27, 2017 10:33
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S-400 air defence system


By Stephen Lendman  //

US-dominated NATO threatens Russian security. State-of-the-art air defenses are vital.

Russia has the world’s best – better ones coming by 2020 or sooner. More on this below.

Its S-400 air defense system is unmatched – the world’s most sophisticated technology, able to strike targets up to 400 km away at altitudes up to 90,000 feet, including fifth generation warplanes, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles.

It’s protected against electronic warfare, able to hit targets beyond the horizon. No other country has anything like it, including America.

It can distinguish between airborne and ground-based targets. Its sophisticated radar spots everything within its range, including tiny aircraft and stealth ones at low or high-flying altitudes.

It renders stealth aircraft obsolete, able to destroy them with pinpoint accuracy. It can simultaneously engage up to 36 targets with up to 72 missiles.

Three separate types are used – extremely long range 40N6, long range 48N6 and medium range 9M96 missiles. They’re fitted with homing devices able to lock onto and destroy targets.

Unlike America’s capability, S-400s don’t need to track targets. Their effectiveness neutralizes US-led NATO air power.

Development of Russia’s more sophisticated surface-to-air defense system is well underway – called the S-500 Prometey (Prometheus), also referred to as the 55R6M Tiumfactor-M.

When operational, it’ll protect Russia from hypersonic and intercontinental ballistic missiles. According to defense analyst Viktor Murakhovsky, “(t)his is the next step. These are air defense capabilities on operational and strategic levels.”

They let “us to protect entire regions from intercontinental ballistic missiles and other advanced weapons, including hypersonic glide vehicles currently under development in the United States.”

They’ll be able to hit targets near space, including satellites outfitted with electro-optical surveillance systems.

The S-500 effectively counters Pentagon plans for a so-called Prompt Global Strike (PGS) system to deliver precision-guided weapons anywhere in one hour or less – using surface, sub-surface and air-launched hypersonic missiles.

According to Murakovsky, “hundreds of billions of (US) dollars…have gone down the drain.”

S-500 missiles are mobile. They’ll have a range of up to 600 kilometers. They can simultaneously intercept up to 10 ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at speeds of seven km per second.

They can strike targets up to an altitude of 200 km. They can neutralize America’s most sophisticated aerial capability. They’re strictly for defense – giving Pentagon planners pause about attacking Russia.

Reportedly, development of an even more sophisticated S-1000 system is underway.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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The original source of this article is Global Research
Copyright © Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 2017 

Articles by: Stephen Lendman

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Visit his blog site at Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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  • Detergent

    The Russian air defense systems may or may not live up to the hype. If they don’t you won’t hear about it from the U.S. MIC. These Russian systems, whether they’re as good as claimed or not, are rationale for the U.S. MIC to spend trillions more taxpayer dollars on even better weapons systems that can defeat the Russian defenses. Until the Russians build their next generation of defense systems. And so on it goes.

    Note that the Russian military budget is 1/10 that of the U.S.

    • Andy

      note that Russia builds defensive weapons while the US builds offensive weapons

      time to close 30 foreign US military bases & bring the troops home

      • Equalizer

        No one is going to invade Russia…FYI they will be our partners when China and the Middle East towel heads get uppity. My closest dedicated dependable friends are Ukrainian. Don’t allow the BS Hollywood/corporate media industrial complex propaganda get between you and reality. These spineless egotistical o-scar bollywood twerps (excluding, Chuck Norris, Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson) are the ones living in a pathetic treasonous libtard bubble.
        PS- Air defense systems are in space/upper atmosphere not on the ground. These are the secondary/last line of defense.

  • VirusGuard

    Putin keeps turning the S400 off in Syria when Israel wants to come bombing and RT-News does all it can to keep this information out of the news which says to me that Putin as well as Trump, the new puppet are in the back pockets of the jewish bankers and we are being feed a diet of 1984 play scripts

    Note how the trump puppet is spending more money on military contractors and these are owned by corporations from Israel so don’t tell me about draining the swamp when trump is filling it more

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