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Russia deploys in Ukraine S-300V4 air defense missile system able to destroy aircraft at 400 km

According to information published on the Russian website "Military Watch Magazine" on October 15, 2022, the Russian army has deployed in Ukraine its latest generation of tracked air defense missile system S-300V4. The missile 40N6 missile fired by the S-300V4 destroyed Ukrainian aircraft at a distance of around 200 km.
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Russian armed forces 9A83M TELAR of S-300V4 air defense missile system at a military parade in Moscow. (Picture source Vitaly Kuzmin)

The S-300V, NATO code-named SA-12 Gladiator is a family of air defense missile systems based on tracked armored vehicles that entered into service with the Russian armed forces in 1988. It can fire two types of missiles including the 9M82 and the 9M83. It has a maximum firing range of 100 km and can reach an aerial target at an altitude of up to 30 km. It can destroy ballistic missiles flying at a maximum altitude of 25 km.

There are two variants of launcher unit, the 9A83 (SA-12a Gladiator) with four missile container-launcher tubes and the 9A82 (SA-12b Giant) with two missile container-launcher tubes. These tubes are raised to the vertical position for missile launch and are carried horizontally for traveThe S-300V4 is the latest generation of air defense missile system in the family of S-300V. It entered service with the Russian army in 2014. Compared to the previous version, the S-300V4 features expanded anti-aircraft, anti-cruise, and anti-ballistic missile capabilities. The air defense missile system is more effective in its anti-missile defense capabilities and has the ability to destroy medium-range ballistic missiles.

The S-300V4 is a modernized version of the S-300V3, NATO code name SA-23 Gladiator. It is designed to defeat short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as loitering ECM (Electronic Counter Measure) platforms and precision-guided munitions.

The S-300V4 missile launcher system is mounted on a tracked armored vehicle to increase mobility in all-terrain conditions. It is able to engage up to 24 aerial targets simultaneously or 16 ballistic targets in various combinations. The S-300V4 can destroy ballistic missiles and aerial threats within a range of 400 kilometers.

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