The Antey-2500 is designed to combat aircraft and tactical missiles, including ballistic missiles with a launch range of up to 2,500 kilometers. The Antey-2500 mobile complex, developed on the basis of the well-known S-300V [SA-12] air defense complex, is a new-generation system, capable of autonomous combat action. It can simultaneously engage 24 aerodynamic targets, including stealth targets, or 16 ballistic targets with a RCS of up to 0.02 meters, flying at speeds of up to 4,500 m/s. Improved characteristics of the radar information facilities and optimization of radar signal processing technics make it possible to combat high-speed ballistic targets with a small radar cross section. Antey-2500 can effectively protect an area of up to 2,500 sq. km and engage targets at altitudes of 25 to 40,000 m.
The Antey-2500 employs new missiles, the 9M82M and 9M83M, whose weight and size characteristics, guidance system concept and warhead effect remain the same as those of the 9M82 and 9M83 missiles of the S-300V complex. The missiles have a significantly longer range and higher kill potential, and can engage all types of battlefield and theater, ballistic and aeroballistic missiles. The 9M82M and 9M83M missile's maneuvering characteristics have been considerably enchanced, thus allowing engagements of highly maneuverable targets. The 9M82M missile is intended to engage battlefield, theater and medium-range ballistic missiles, as well as aerodynamic targets at a distance of up to 200 km. The missile is under control throught the flight. The 9M83M missile is designed to engage battlefield and theater missiles at short and medium ranges, as well as aerodynamic targets.
The system features two different missile types that can be mixed within a single battery. A standard configuration would include six long-range 9M82E missiles and 24 shorter range 9M83E missiles. In its The 2500 system has been designed to incorporate multiple radar emitters to set up a bi-static array, which separates transmitter and receiver. Such an array has the potential to pick up signals deflected below or to the side of stealth aircraft shaped and coated for reflecting radar beams.
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