New S-350 air defence system unveiled
Almaz-Antei displayed publicly for the first time its new S-350E Yityaz medium range air defence system at the MAKS 2013 air show near Moscow. If trials scheduled to begin later this year are successful, the system could enter Russian service in 2014.
The S-350E system consists of three vehicles: the PU 50B6E launcher, the MFR 50N6E fire control radar, and the PBU 50K6E command and control unit. A single command post would typically control a battery of two radars and up to eight launchers.
Each mobile launcher, mounted on an 8x8 heavy duty chassis, is equipped with 12 9M96E2 vertically-launched surface-to-air missiles able to engage targets at ranges between 1.5km and 60km, and at altitudes of up to 30,000km. The launcher can also be equipped with shorter range missiles.
The MFR 50N6E radar provides 360 degree coverage and is able to simultaneously track up to 32 targets. A battery is able to engage 16 aircraft at once. The target set includes cruise missiles flying at altitudes as low
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