sepheronx wrote:Specs? You dont know neither do I. If you are talking about Block IIB, then that isnt out yet either. Nudol compares more I would think. And specs are one thing, real world tests are another.
Add to that, by sounds of news on S-500 according to people here, it is more aimed at incoming targets more so than trying to deal with mid course. Which makes sense since Russia doesn't have the luxury in placing such systems close to the enemy borders.
I think he's talking about the block IIA:
-2,500 km range
-1,500 km flight ceiling
-4.5 km/s (Mach 15.25) speed
Compared to the S-300V4:
-400 km range
- ? flight ceiling
-2.6 km/s (Mach 7.64) speed
Based on these specs, one could see where kilo is coming from, but we must remember that the S-300Vs were made not just for defending against high flying ballistic missiles, but also low flying cruise missiles and aircraft's, while the SM-3, the S-500 and the Nodul are dedicated ABM systems, that's why the S-500 isn't replacing the S-400s.
UPDATE: I knew i should have checked the previous pages, anyway Max post of S-500 specs:
-600 km range
-200+ km ceiling
-7 km/s (Mach 21) speed
Based on these specs and other sources, it looks like the S-500 is going to be something like an S-400ER (extended range), but with a significant emphasis against hyper-sonic threats, it looks like the Nodul is going to be there real dedicated ABM system.