Published on: Oct 6, 2018 @ 17:22 – As a result of the continued hostility against Russia by the NATO sphere, the Russian Ministry of Defense just announced the development of new non-strategic anti-missile systems. The new systems are able to intercept ballistic and aerobatic missiles – if deployed in numbers, this will render Russia nearly invincible against American ICBM’s – inter-continental ballistic missiles.
Russia is decades ahead of the U.S in rocket technology, and has been for several generations. Even today, the U.S’s NASA as well as private companies like Space-X rely on Russian technologies to get off the ground.
Russian cities, industrial parks and socially significant sites will be protected by mobile air defense systems, according to a ministry source.
The components of defense systems can be transferred from one region to another and be quickly deployed.
The A-135 strategic air defense system, which is already deployed in Russia, will soon be replaced by the more advanced A-235. The main mission is to protect the industrial region of Moscow from intercontinental ballistic missiles and ballistic missiles launched from submarines in case of a nuclear war.
The new anti-aircraft defense system provides for smaller-scale tasks and can intercept ballistic and aerobatic missiles with a range of hundreds of kilometers. Firstly, it is especially about North American ATACMS tactical missiles.
The ATACMS missiles were adopted in service in 1991 and have already been used by the US Army in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm and Iraq Freedom. In total, 500 missiles of this type were launched. Last year, the 20th US Army Field Artillery Regiment began testing the new version of ATACMS with a range of 400 to 500 kilometers. These indicators are already comparable with the capabilities of Russian Iskander tactical-operational missile systems.
The deployment of these missiles in Poland to the Russian Army in the Kaliningrad region was proposed to the Pentagon. But the fact is that these weapons are not only available to NATO countries. Short-range ballistic missiles can currently be produced in China, Pakistan, Iran, India and North Korea. Pyongyang already sells this armament to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. However, the biggest problem is if these weapons fall into the hands of terrorist organizations, then the consequences for cities in southern Russia would be disastrous.
Joint existing components
It is not exactly clear when and where these non-strategic anti-missile systems will be deployed, as well as what elements they will possess. However, according to many military experts, the Ministry of Defense has all that is needed for this. Russia’s Ground Forces and Aerospace Force are armed with systems capable of effectively destroying short-range ballistic and airborne missiles. And it is possible to make changes to the systems to solve new tasks relatively quickly and inexpensively.
“The Armed Forces have enough anti-aircraft weapons to destroy these targets: Top-M2, Buk-M2 and Buk-M3, S-300B4, S-300PMU2, S-400,” said Viktor Murakhovksy.
“This is about creating a cheaper system. A missile of this system must be specialized, small and intended to intercept ballistic and aerobalistic targets over relatively short distances,” he added.
The analyst emphasized that the new system may not necessarily be mobile. To protect fixed objects, just be transportable.
According to Murakhovsky, the other components that can be used in the new defense system have already been created and are being used successfully.
Total view protection
The S-350 Vityaz system, which can serve as the basis for the creation of a non-strategic anti-missile system, was first presented to the public at the MAKS-2013 air event. It is a self-propelled missile launcher that works in conjunction with a full-view radar with electronic sweep and a command post based on the chassis of a special BAZ truck.
The system consists of medium-range missiles, used in S-400 air defense systems, and short-range missiles.
According to the chief of missile troops of the Russian Aerospace Force, Major General Sergei Babakov, the new anti-aircraft defense system will have high maneuverability and ability to survive. Previously, it was reported that the S-350 would be adopted by the end of this decade.
In the world, there is some experience of creating a non-strategic anti-missile system, in particular the tactical system Iron Dome that for seven years effectively protects Israeli cities from rockets with a range of 4 to 70 kilometers. In the future, Israel plans to modernize the system to combat ballistic targets and increase its range to 250 kilometers.