Russian surface-to-air missile. Anti-tactical ballistic missile; inner-layer defense.
192 missiles per firing unit. Aviation Week gives completely different masses and dimensions: 4.7 m length, 0.8 m diameter, 1000 kg mass.
Standard warhead: 150 kg (330 lb). Maximum range: 40 km (24 mi). Boost Propulsion: Solid rocket. Maximum speed: 6,120 kph (3,800 mph). Initial Operational Capability: 1983. Floor: 25 m (82 ft).
AKA: SA-12a; Gladiator; S-300V; 9M83.
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Location: Moscow, Russian Federation.
Gross mass: 1,700 kg (3,700 lb).
Payload: 150 kg (330 lb).
Height: 7.50 m (24.60 ft).
Diameter: 0.50 m (1.64 ft).
Span: 0.50 m (1.64 ft).
Apogee: 25 km (15 mi).
Russian SAMs and ABMs Perhaps no missiles ever produced had as much historical influence as the surface-to-air missiles of the Soviet Union. Originally conceived to provide a defence against the American bomber fleets of the early Cold War, they decisively affected the turn of events when they shot down American U-2 reconnaissance aircraft over Russia and Cuba. Soviet-provided missiles accounted for a hundred American aircraft over North Vietnam and set the terms of the air battle. A new generation of missiles presented a huge technological surprise and took an awful toll of Israeli aircraft in the 1973 war. To this day, Russian surface-to-air missiles provide the only defence available to most countries against American bombers, and Russian man-portable anti-aircraft missiles are a major part of the terrorist threat. More...
S-300V Mobile, multiple-target, universal integrated surface-to-air missile. The S-300V system can fire either of two versions of the containerised missiles loaded: long range and medium range. These missiles are given different NATO designations. However any mix of the two missiles can be loaded as needed in the vertical launcher cells. More...
missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Efremov Russian manufacturer of rockets. Efremov Design Bureau, Russia. More...
Lyulev Russian manufacturer of rockets. Lyulev Design Bureau, Ekaterinburg, Russia. More...
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