Austin wrote:C-500 "Prometheus" and "Antey-4000" will be shown for the first time to the general public
The newest anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMs) S-500 Prometheus and Antei-4000 will be presented for the first time to foreign military specialists at the exhibition-forum Army-2017, which opens tomorrow. In addition to them will be shown and anti-aircraft missile system "Buk-M3" with updated weapons. Experts believe that the novelties, which have become the basis of the unified national system of air and space defense of Russia, will cause great interest among foreign buyers.
The Defense Ministry told Izvestia that the advanced anti-aircraft missile systems would be demonstrated in the closed part of the exposition of the Army-2017 forum. The S-500 Prometey and Antei-4000 are positioned as the main elements of the unified national air and space defense system being created in Russia. However, there is practically no official information about their real possibilities. It is known that the S-500 is capable of intercepting a wide range of aerospace purposes. Including American hypersonic aircraft, which for the characteristic trajectory of flight received the nickname "runners".
Earlier, Alexander Vedrov, Deputy Director General for Production and Technological Policy of Almaz-Antey Concern OJSC, noted only that this weapon represents a new generation of SAMs, in which it is intended to apply the principle of separate solution of the tasks of destroying ballistic and aerodynamic targets. Their supplies to the Russian military are scheduled for 2019. At the same time, an export passport of products can be prepared, without which it is impossible to sell them to foreign customers.
"The secrecy with respect to the S-500" Prometheus "is explained by the ambitiousness of the tasks facing it," Professor of the Academy of Military Sciences Vadim Kozyulin told Izvestia. - They must be able to shoot conventional and hypersonic cruise missiles, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Do this both at the very surface of the Earth, and in the near space. And this already implies the destruction of low-orbit satellites and space weapons, launched from hypersonic aircraft, shock hypersonic UAVs and orbital platforms.
The appearance of Prometheus has not yet been officially presented. Although it was accidentally discovered by the Almaz-Antey concern itself. The figure of a six-axis machine with two launch tubes was included in the company's annual calendar. A little more is known about Antey-4000. This system represents an export version of the newest S-300V4 anti-aircraft missile system. In the Russian army, this ZRS comes in 2014.
Unlike its predecessor, the S-300V complex, the element base has been completely updated in the new machine. New super-powerful computers, new domestic software are installed. The radars of the complex became more sensitive and noise-proof. For the new system, unique long-range missiles were created. They must confidently hit targets at ranges of up to 400 km. The system also provides for less powerful missiles to combat small-sized targets within a radius of 150 km. In general, the combat effectiveness of the S-300V4 increased by 2.3 times compared with previous generations of S-300s.
Andrei Frolov, editor-in-chief of the magazine Export of Arms, suggested in a conversation with Izvestia that the new SAMs will be demonstrated primarily to potential foreign buyers.
- The growth of demand for air defense and missile defense systems is facilitated by the situation around the DPRK. If Pyongyang makes a new rocket, then it will quickly go to export and can be in Iran and Pakistan, "the expert said. - In addition, the experience of the war in Yemen showed that the systems existing in Saudi Arabia do not always intercept even obsolete Soviet-made missiles.
According to Andrei Frolov, the list of possible customers is quite large. Interest in the newest SAMs can be shown by China, India, Vietnam, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and also some monarchies of the Persian Gulf - Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar.
"The first buyers can be Indians," the expert suggested. - Memorandum on the supply of air defense systems was signed with Delhi last fall. Negotiations on supplies and prices are currently under way.
In April of this year, the presence in Syria of Russian S-300 and S-400 systems actually prevented a massive air campaign against government forces. At the same time, the authoritative US military publication Defense One wrote with reference to experts and representatives of the Pentagon that modern Russian air defense systems "cover" airspace over the coastal areas of the SAR for practically all air attack means.
So we won't see the promo slides...meh...