Belarus wants more S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems amid Ukraine crisis

According to information published by Tass on March 1, 2022, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting of the country’s Security Council that he had requested the Russian leadership to deliver additional S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to shield Minsk.
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Elements of an S-400 battalion in Belarus (Picture source: Russian TV)

The S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler), previously known as the S-300 PMU-3, is a mobile, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system developed in the 1990s by Russia's Almaz Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering as an upgrade to the S-300 family.

The S-400 Triumph is designed to engage, ECM, radar-picket, director area, reconnaissance, strategic and tactical aircraft, tactical and theatre ballistic missiles, medium-range ballistic missiles and other current and future air attack assets at a maximum range of 400 km, and an altitude of up to 30 km.

The S-400 went into service on April 28, 2007. The first battalion of the newest surface-to-air missile systems assumed combat duty on August 6.

The current version of the S-400 is able to fire four different types of missiles including the 9M96E with a range of 40 km, 9M96E2 with a range of 120 km, 48N6 with a range of 250 km, and the 40N6E with a range of 400 km.

The trailer of the system S-400 Triumph is towed by the Russian truck 6x6 BAZ-6402-015, but the S-400 can be also mounted to the truck Almaz 5P90SE or Almaz 5P90TMU. The S-400 trailer can be also towed by the MAZ-79100.

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