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S-350E Vityaz [Knight / Hero] (50R6)

The crews of the anti-aircraft missile forces began to master the first S-350 Vityaz air defense system at a training center in Gatchina. This was reported on 26 February 2020 by reporters in the Ministry of Defense. "The first newest complex of anti-aircraft missile forces S-350" Vityaz "entered the VKS - recently the complex arrived at the training center of the anti-aircraft missile forces in Gatchina," the department said.

In Gatchina, combat crews will be trained in the use of the new complex. In particular, the Ministry of Defense specified, a training center has already been trained to detect and destroy a conditional air enemy. "The combat crew of the S-350 air defense system demonstrated its skills, destroyed electronic launches of a conditional enemy and made a march to a new position area," the ministry said. The Ministry of Defense recalled that combat firing from the "Knights" had been carried out earlier at a military training ground in the Astrakhan region during the acceptance of the complex from industry.

The first set of these complexes was transferred to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in December 2019. Almost 150 launchers of the S-350 Vityaz air defense system will be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) by the end of 2027, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Until the end of the current state armament program for 2018-2027, the industry must transfer 12 S-350 system divisions to the Air and Space Forces anti-aircraft missile forces. Each division has 12 fire installations, and they, in turn, have 12 missiles, - they said in the department. The Ministry of Defense clarified that one division also includes up to three multifunctional radar stations and a combat control center. The system division may be given automated reconnaissance and target designation equipment and combat vehicles of the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and cannon system.

Russias air defenders will soon be using super-maneuverable missile systems equipped with new generation munitions, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on 08 July 2015. In addition to the S-400 systems, our air defense forces will start receiving the S-350 Vityaz missiles, which are more maneuverable and boast self-homing warheads of a new generation, Colonel Igor Klimov told RIA Novosti news agency.

The Vityaz-350 systems were initially scheduled to enter service in 2016. The S-350E Vityaz (Knight) is a short-to-mid range air defense missile system intended to provide point defense against aircraft and precision attacks. It was developed by Almaz-Antey Company as a replacement for the ageing S-300PS, which was developed back in the early 1980s. The 9M96E naval version guided missile under development will be called Redut.

The S-350E Vityaz (Knight) is a short-to-mid range air defense missile system intended to provide point defense against aircraft and precision attacks. It was developed by Almaz-Antey Company as a replacement for the ageing S-300PS, which was developed back in the early 1980s. The 9M96E naval version guided missile under development will be called Redut.

The Vityaz ("Knight") complements the Morfey, the S-400 and the S-500 air defense systems in the future aerospace defense network to engage targets at ranges from five to 400 kilometers, and at altitudes from five meters to near space. The Vityaz, which is expected to replace the outdated S-300 systems, is superior to similar foreign models, according to Almaz-Antei statement. The system has been in the works since 2007 and features advanced all-aspect phased array radar, a new mobile command post and a launcher carrying 12 vertical-launch missiles, which used a variant of the 9M96 active radar homing missile.

The S-350 Vityaz missiles are more maneuverable and boast self-homing warheads of a new generation. The 9M96E missile are hit-to-kill designed for direct impact, and use canards and thrust vectoring to achieve extremely high G and angular rate capability. The key factor determining the effectiveness of the new system is its ability to simultaneously reflect attacks of different types of air threats from any direction, at all altitudes of flight, in all weather conditions, day and night and in difficult noise conditions. This is achieved through the use of a fundamentally new information tool - a multifunction radar. This feature is used in domestic air defense missile systems for the first time. In addition, the S-350E has high mobility and survivability. It takes only five minutes to bring the system on alert.

All products are available on truck chassis with high cross, manufactured at the Bryansk factory of wheel tractors. Serial production of the complex will be in the North-West Regional Center of Concern PVO "Almaz-Antey", in particular the State Obukhov factory and the factory radio equipment.

Russian Air Force will be adopted until 2020, more than 30 anti-aircraft missiles of average range "Hero". On this, as reported by RIA Novosti 24 January 2012, said the official representative of the Russian Defence Ministry Colonel Vladimir Drik. According to him, the new facilities will have to replace the outdated S-300P. In addition to the "Knights" in troops would also put about a hundred anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes "Carapace-C1".

According to the stated performance characteristics, it is superior to foreign counterparts and should replace a number of S-300 technological systems of obsolete Soviet-made modifications, as well as Buk anti-aircraft missile systems, partially. The vertical launcher of the Vityaz in combination with a powerful circular view multi-function radar allows the system to efficiently repel attacks from any direction, which distinguishes it from its competitors with inclined launchers (including the US air defense system Patriot). Owing to the upgraded design of the system and the use of advanced 9M96 missiles, the ammunition has increased dramatically: one launcher has 12 missiles instead of 4.

As indicated in the specifications of the new system, the S-350E is designed to protect objects from the massive strikes of current and future air threats, including those made by "stealth" technology, as well as tactical and operational-tactical ballistic missiles. The S-350E can operate autonomously, leading independent combat operations, as well as a part of air defense groups under the control of the higher command posts.

The S-350E "The Knight" consists of:

  • 50K6E / 50K6A command and control unit
  • 50N6E / 50N6A (2) Multifunction radar
  • 50P6E Launchers (up to 8) with
  • 9M96E2 (12) medium-range surface-to-air missile

The 50P6E launcher is designed for the transportation, storage, automatic prelaunch and launch surface-to-air missile

  • The number of surface-to-air missile launcher at -12.
  • The minimum interval between starts anti-aircraft guided missiles - 2
  • loading / unloading time - 30 minutes.
  • The maximum distance to the command and control point - 2 km

Multifunction radar 50N6E multifunction radar is the main information tool of S-350E and operates in a circular and sectoral conditions. Fighting the multifunction radar is being completely indifferent operator automatically by remote control from the point of command and control.

  • The maximum number of tracked targets in field maintenance mode -100,
  • The maximum number of tracked targets accurate auto-tracking mode - 8.
  • Max followed by anti-aircraft guided missile 16
  • Antenna azimuth rotation speed - 40 rev / min
  • The maximum distance to the point of command and control -2 km

The 50K6E battle management command and control point for managing multi-function radars and launchers. Command and control office provides interoperability with the neighboring S-350E and higher command post. The total number of tracked targets is 200. The maximum distance to the command and control points adjacent S-350E - 15 km. the maximum distance to a higher command post is 30 km.

ICD "Torch" began work on the new 9M96 missiles with a range of up to 50 km in the late 1980s. The design of the missile rocket motors used lateral movement large maneuvering. High accuracy destruction of air targets was provided by active homing. Simultaneously, the SAM is also proposed to use 9M100 air-to-air guided missiles with an even smaller size, and different in design. Oe of the more intriguing characteristic of the MRADS / Vityaz is that it is a dual-missile system, whereby each of the standard containers can be replaced by a pack of four smaller and shorter weapons The task of creating a unified missile system then was a priority, while they were engaged and ICD "Torch" and OKB "Innovator" that could give a chance to enter the "air-air" arms market, which had been a monopoly in the USSR of the "Vympel. 9M96E2 Surface-to-air missile.

Starting weight 420 kg
Average speed 900-1000 m / sec
Guidance Type inertial with radio.
Type homing head-active radar
Warhead type explosive
Warhead weight 24 kg

The performance characteristics of the C-350E "Vityaz"

maximum number of simultaneous
aerodynamic targets 16
maximum number of simultaneous Ballistic targets 12
maximum number of simultaneously fired surface-to-air missile 32
Range against aerodynamic targets minimum / max. range of -1.5 / 60 km
minimum / max. height -10m / 30 km
Zone of defeat of ballistic targets minimum / max. the range of -1.5 / s0 km
minimum / max. height -2/25 km
Time to bring to combat readiness to march 5 minutes
Crew 3 persons

South Korea's Cheongung (Iron Hawk) MR-SAM, was co-developed by a consortium of entities that included Russias Almaz Design Bureau, the ADD, LIG Nex1, Samsung-THALES and Doosan DST, was developed within a five-year period and entered the series-production phase. Some sources claim that in Russia, the Cheongung was produced as the S-350E Vityaz, but in fact the timelines are incongruent and the hardware is not even superficially similar. It is generally reported that the Cheongung project had contact with Russian developers, but any transfusion of technology seems to have been at the component level.

Russias Almaz-Antei corporation showcased for the first time its newest S-350E Vityaz mid-range air defense system at the MAKS-2013 air show near Moscow, August 27 to September 1. The new Russian system was reportedly shown to President Vladimir Putin during his 19 June 2013 visit to a St. Petersburg plant where it is being manufactured by the Almaz-Antei corporation. Almaz-Antey planned to hand over the system to the Russian Defense Ministry for testing before the end of 2013 and start deliveries to the Russian military in 2014.

Russias Almaz-Antei defense corporation planned to start deliveries of its newest S-350E Vityaz mid-range air defense system to the Russian army in 2016, the company said 11 September 2013. In 2015 the chief of the Almaz-Antei concern, Yan Novikov, said that the S-350 system Vityaz will begin to be batch-produced in 2015. As of July 2015, the S-350 Vityaz missiles were scheduled to enter service in 2016.

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