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Russian S-400 Missile Can Hit Radar, AWACS Aircraft

ITAR-TASS World Service 5 May 99
By Anatoliy Yurkin

MOSCOW, May 5 (Itar-Tass) - The new Russian air defence S-400 Triumf system is capable of hitting radar reconnaissance and AWACS planes, which raises considerably its competitiveness on the world arms market, says the article "Triumf is put on alert", published in the May issue of the Voenny Parad journal which is now being put on sale and is distributed among subscribers. The S-400 is designed to hit modern and future attack aircraft at a distance of 400 km: tactical and strategic aviation jets, cruises of the Tomahawk type and other missiles", the article notes. Triumf successfully fights air targets, manufactured with the use of "stealth" technology at all altitudes of their combat operation and at maximum distances. When creating this system, Russian specialists used latest technologies in the radar industry, microelement base and computer engineering. In the opinion of general designer Vladimir Svetlov, Triumf is the world's first system which can selectively work with the use of several types of missiles. "The long-range missile has no analogues. It eclipses the American Patriot-3 system by around 100 percent, as does the French Aster, he claimed.

In the opinion of Russian Defence Minister Igor Sergeyev who participated in recent proving ground testing of the new air defence system, it is expedient to invest funds in S-400 development, since it yields a 150 percent advantage as against the present military hardware for the "efficiency-cost" criterion. Military experts, familiar with the world weapons market, believe that deliveries of the Russian Triumf to other countries can radically change the concept both for the use of air attack vehicles and methods of counteraction. NATO countries, using AWACS reconnaissance systems, will be forced to look for new possibilities to organise reconnaissance and control during air operations. They will need for this purpose several years and many dozen billions of dollars of investments in R&D work.

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