Russian Aerospace Forces Inducts New S-350 Vityaz Anti-Aircraft Missile System

Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) has commissioned the latest S-350 Vityaz anti-aircraft missile system into the service, the Ministry of Defence announced..

Recently, the system was delivered to the anti-aircraft missile training center of the Air and Space Defenсe Academy named after Marshal of the Soviet Union G. K. Zhukov in the Leningrad region to train combat crews for advanced equipment.

In addition to training the material part, the center’s command conducted an exercise to detect and destroy a mock air enemy. The S-350 combat crew demonstrated their skills, hit a mock enemy with electronic missile launches, and marched to a new position area.

Earlier during commissioning of the system on the training ground in the Astrakhan region the training center anti-aircraft missile crews have worked their purpose tasks, including detection and conditional destruction of the real air targets whose role was performed by MiG-29SMT. In addition, the crews conducted initial firing of the complex.

According to the MoD statement, all tasks performed during the commissioning of the equipment are completed in full.

S-350 Vityaz

The 50R6 Vityaz or S-350E is a Russian medium-range surface-to-air missile system developed by GSKB Almaz-Antey to replace the older S-300PS and S-300PT-1A systems. The system was unveiled at the MAKS 2013 Airshow.

The design of the S-350 Vityaz system traces its roots from the joint South Korean/Russian KM-SAM project and uses the same 9M96 missile as the S-400 Triumf long-range anti-aircraft missile system. The system also complements the S-400 system in Russian service,

The S-350 Vityaz missile system consists of up to two 50N6A multifunctional passively electronically scanned array (PESA) radar stations, a 50K6A command post and up to eight (usually three) 50P6 launchers carrying 12 missiles each. All vehicles are based on a BAZ-6909 8×8 truck chassis manufactured by Bryansky Avtomobilny Zavod (BAZ, “Bryansk Automobile Plant”), also part of the Almaz-Antey holding.

The 50N6A radar stations provide 360° coverage for early detection, target illumination, and missile guidance. The missiles can either be 9M96/9M96E(E2) medium-range active radar homing guided missiles with 12–120 km (7.5–74.6 mi) range or 9M100 short-range IR-guided missiles with 10–15 km (6.2–9.3 mi) range. Both missiles are manufactured by Fakel Design Bureau.

The system can simultaneously engage up to 16 aerodynamic targets (aircraft, helicopters and cruise missiles) and up to 12 ballistic targets (ballistic missiles).

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