Top 3 Facts About Russia’s S-300 System Amid Possible Upcoming Deal With Syria

After the joint missile strike by the US, UK and France against Syria, Damascus has started looking into the possibility of acquiring the advanced Russian air defense system S-300, as its previous models succeeded in intercepting 71 out of 103 missiles launched.

Can Work in Conjunction With Other S-300s

Each S-300 (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) can operate in various modes with up to 11 other missile systems, even if they are of different modifications. Normally an S-300 division consists of 12 vehicles, with one of them serving as a command post, which designates targets to the other 11 S-300s.

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This command post may receive tasks and even telemetry from early detection stations and use this information to fulfill combat tasks. At the same time, each S-300 is self-sufficient and may operate on its own or, for example, as a pair by triangulating the position of enemy aircraft within seconds, thus ignoring most counter measures.

Advanced Radar and Target Acquisition Systems

The S-300 can detect and target enemy aircraft and other airborne objects in a cone-shaped field of view ranging from 60 to 90 degrees, depending on the modification. Each S-300 can lock on up to 6 targets and control up to 12 missiles, meaning that it can fire at least 2 missiles at each of target. Older modifications can shoot down targets at 4 Mach (speeds of sound), but the most modern can cope with 8,5…

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