This Infographic Provides Lots of Details about Russia’s S-400 Advanced Air Defense Systems allegedly deployed to Syria

S-400 Triumph explained.

Some photographs published by Russia’s Ministry of Defense seem to suggest Moscow has just deployed at least one S-400 missile battery to Latakia, to protect the Russian air contingent deployed there.

Although the reports that the next-generation anti-aircraft weapon system was deployed to Syria were denied by the Russian MoD, whether the Russians have really deployed the system to protect their assets at Latakia or not is still subject to debate.

The Russian MoD image shows what looks like a 96L6 radar. However, according to Air Power Australia’s Dr Carlo Kopp “The 96L6 is the standard battery acquisition radar in the S-400 / SA-21 system, and is available as a retrofit for the S-300PM/PMU/PMU1 and S-300PMU2 Favorit / SA-20 Gargoyle as a substitute for the legacy acquisition radars.”

Considered that the presence of the S-400 has been officially denied, provided the one depicted in the photos is really a 96L6 radar, it may be deployed to support something else.

But let’s have a look at an interesting infographic that provides some details about the S-400.

Designated SA-21 “Growler” by NATO, the S-400 is believed to be able to engage all types of aerial targets including aircraft (someone says even VLO – Very Low Observable ones), drones and ballistic and cruise missiles within the range of 250 miles at an altitude of nearly 19 miles. Equipped with 3 different types of missiles and an acquisition radar capable of tracking up to 300 targets within the range of over 370 miles, the Triumph (or Triumf) is a system made of 8 launchers and a control station.

Supported by effective EW (Electronic Warfare) capabilities, the S-400 fires missiles against aerial targets flying at as much as 17,000 km/h: at least on paper, all non-stealth planes (including 4+ Generation planes)  will hardly be able to dodge them.

This means that all but U.S. F-22s and B-2s would be threatened by such an advanced air defense system over Syria (and in nearby airspaces).

That said, you can clearly understand why U.S., Israel and NATO are worried that the S-400 (or even S-300) can make their way to Syria (and Iran).

S-400 infographic

Image credit: Sputnik News



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    • No, they think to frighten the U.S. Air Force though if “fight” will begin America has enough power to demolish to hell all this base together with Damascus)

      • Yeah US Air Force has been demolishing major powers like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya since like forever. What can Russian Air Force with some of the best fighter jets and air defense systems the world has ever seen do to protect their base and retaliate?

  1. Now this is what all the armchair experts who think the F-35 is garbage and the Sub-Par Hornet is great, need to read and process.

    See if they can comprehend the facts….

  2. russian sam technology is modular and interchangeable – at latakia only one s-400 triumph battery acquisition radar 96L6E was confirmed – it is a 3D radar and superior to s-300 radar – it is prudent of the russian MoD to secure their base and west syria against ballistic missiles attacks (grad and frog)

    any bullshit about infighting is now over – thanks to paris attacks – we all have a common enemy
    two people from my hometown were wounded in paris – now its a real war until ISIS is dead


  3. Don’t know if we (the US or NATO) have had the opportunity to suck up ELINT on these systems yet. Could be good for the USAF and USN to get that intel.

  4. The radar can be used independently of the missiles for both air traffic control purposes, and command and control purposes. Just because the radar is there doesn’t mean the entire system is there.

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