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Algeria displays its Russian-made S-300 PMU2 air defense missile systems during military parade.

| 2022

During the military parade for the 60 years of Algeria's independence that was held on July 5, 2022, the Algerian army showcased their recent military acquisitions including the Russian-made S-300 PMU2 air defense missile system but based on the BAZ-6402-01 6x6 truck which towed a trailer with four ready-to-launch missile containers. The Russian version of the S-300 PMU2 is based on the MAZ-7910 8x8 truck chassis.
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Algerian army S-300 PMU2 TEL Transporter Erector Launcher vehicle at the military parade for the 60 years of Algeria's independence, July 5, 2002. (Picture source Screen Shot AL24news TV)

The S-300 (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) is a family of mobile surface-to-air defense missile systems developed and designed in Russia by the company NPO Almaz, based on the initial S-300P version. The S-300 PMU2, NATO designation SA-20B gargoyle B is the latest variant in the S-300 family that was introduced in 1997.

Citing information published by the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database, three S-300 PMU2 were sold by Russia to Algeria between the years 200 and 2011. The version into service with the Algerian armed forces is based BAZ-6402-01 6x6 truck which towed a trailer with four ready-to-launch missile containers while the Russian version is based on a MAZ-7910 8x8 truck chassis.

The S-300 PMU2 is able to fire with a full range of surface-to-air missiles including the 48N6E2, 48N6E, 5V55K, and 5V55R. It can engage up to 6 targets simultaneously flying from 10 m to 27 km above the surface at a speed of up to 10,000 km/h, while providing guidance for up to 12 missiles - two missiles per target ensuring target kill. The S-300PMU2 Favorit can use the launcher units 5P85TE and 5P85SE.

The S300PMU2 Favorit system comprises the 83M6E2 command post and up to 12 launcher unit S-300PMU2 5P85SE or 5P85TE air defense missile systems each carrying four 48N6E2 or the S-300PMU1's 48N6E missiles. The command post 83M6E2 consists of the 54K6E2 battle management center and the 64N6E2 acquisition radar, with a maximum detection range of 300 kilometers.

The Favorit's new command post has the capability to control S-300PMU / SA-10, S-300PMU1 / SA-20 batteries, and also S-200VE / SA-5 Gammon batteries, relaying coordinates and commands to the 5N62VE Square Pair guidance and illumination radar. Each air defense missile system includes the 30N6E2 multifunctional illumination and guidance radar and up to 12 5P85SE (5P85TE) launchers. An option for S-300PMU2 Favorit, cited by two Russian manufacturers is the new LEMZ 96L6 Cheese Board early warning and acquisition radar, a planar array design with electronic beam steering in elevation and mechanical steering in azimuth. It is intended as a replacement for the Tin Shield and Clam Shell. The 96L6/96L6E is available in semi-mobile towed versions, a semi-mobile mast-mounted version using variants of the 40V6M/MD, and a fully mobile version on an 8x8 MZKT-7930 vehicle, based on the MAZ-543M chassis.

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