Mike E wrote: - I have similar thoughts.... That being said, I believe that the S-500 can perform most of those tasks even though it will most likely stick to the ASAT/ICBM ABM role. Obviously, the S-500 won't be performing the tasks of the Tor and pantsir etc. Though it should be able to compliment the S-300, S-350, and S-400 perfectly.
- Tor, Buk, Pantsir, Tunguska, Osa, Kub etc can focus on the low altitude and shorter ranged threats. Both the Pantsir and Tunguska will "focus" on the cruise missiles and smaller targets (as you know).
- S-300 and S-350 will be used for the medium to long range targets that are beyond the range of the Tor etc.
- S-400 will go for targets beyond the S-300 and S-350.
- S-300V4 will focus on the smaller ballistic missiles up to the IRBM's.
- S-500 will most likely be used for ballistic missiles all the way up to ICBM's, but can also supplement the S-400.
I know you know all of this information, but I wanted to put it out there for others.
Keep in mind several things.
1. All those systems are devided in the territorial PVO (S-500, S-400, S-350, S-300, Pancir-S1) and Army PVO (S-300V4, BUK-M2, Tor-M2) in general
2. All those things can shoot at just about anything meaning S-300 can effectively deal with low flying cruise missiles, ballistic missile, fighters, AWACS and guided weapons
meaning layers are established but there is overlapping too involved (Pancir-S1 can shoot at planes, cruise missiles, guided weapons but soon at small range ballistic missiles too)
3. Until 40N6 enters S-400, S-300V4 is the longest range Russian SAM system and just as same as S-400 and S-300Favorit is able to shoot down ICBM (with some difference more or less)
4. The wording "focus" of BUK/TOR/Pancir on this or that etc is wrong here as all of them are controled by automated command post which calculate firing solutions and distribute
targets for each firing unit. Those things are optimized according to algorithms calculated by Russian scientist.
5. About the layersterritorial PVO
- S-300 Favorit
- Verba/Igla/ZSU-23 Army PVO
- Pancir-SM/S1 (likely)
- Morfei (could be - Im counting on it
- Pine (replacement for Strela-10M3)
so you see you have 5-6 layers, target will have to pass to successfully struck the goal. Territorial and Army PVO have they own AND separate radar/elint/ecm/eccm units which
accompany them. Each of them was designed sparately taking into account their unique problems and conditions. Lately, work is underway to unite the two but each of the subsystems
and them in general have their own command posts which have strict hierarchy, redudancy and ability to replace each other in case of destruction at the same time. In case of destruction
of any of its part the whole structure automatically adjust itself according to optimal next solution.
To ilustrate organizational structure of Russian Radio Troops
(and take not that this picture shows only 10 % of what should be in here to be complete)
This picture ilustrates organizational structure of Russian Radio Troops for territorial PVO
(its a whole different story with Radio Troops of Army PVO)